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Two police detectives, a grizzled veteran and one fresh-faced rookie, hunt a ritualistic serial killer murdering people with tattoos and skinning them.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Schoubya
Fatih Cevikkollu ...
Monica Bleibtreu ...
Kommissarin Roth
Ilknur Bahadir ...
Joe Bausch ...
Jasmin Schwiers ...
Marie Minks
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ...
Ingo Naujoks ...
Stefan Kreiner
Reinhardt Firchow ...
Polizeipräsident (as Reinhart Firchow)
Wanda Perdelwitz ...
Sybille J. Schedwill ...
Petra (as Sibylle Schedwill)


Two police detectives, a grizzled veteran and one fresh-faced rookie, hunt a ritualistic serial killer murdering people with tattoos and skinning them.

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The character of Schrader is named for writer-director Paul Schrader, who Robert Schwentke, the director of this film, admires. See more »


When Marc chases the suspect, who just heard a message on the walkie-talkie and saw him on the balcony, in one shot you can see Marc just turning left the corner and in the subsequent shot he's turning right the same looking corner. See more »


References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Dark thriller with haunting imagery
8 April 2002 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

As being fond of thrillers with a dark atmosphere, I was really looking forward to seeing "Tattoo". And indeed - I was not disappointed. Although the film contains some minor flaws, the unique idea of collecting tattoos as works of art is very appealing. August Diehl is brilliant as usual, Christian Redl as the depressive detective Minks is absolutely convincing. The plot leaves some things unanswered, which is quite irritating, but not to consider as an actual flaw. Some characters remind me of some of Lynch's disturbing, mysterious figures. Schwentke tries to give the film an extra layer via images, with which he mostly succeeds. The film quotes "Silence of the Lambs" and "Se7en" but this does not subtract from it's originality. An important genre film able to change the German market.

8 out of 10.

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