This 'Tatort' starts of rather weakly and cliched. A friend of Prof. Boerne is the only suspect in a murder case and Boerne works hard and talks an awful lot of standard lines in trying to convince Kommissar Thiel to look for other leads.
What looks like boring standard fare at first sight suddenly takes a turn into a world of domestic violence you wouldn't want to imagine. It almost seems as if the producers exchanged the director after not being satisfied with the first half of the movie. While in the beginning most lines come off as bad acting from an unimaginative script, Axel Prahl and Jan Josef Liefers (who play Thiel and Boerne, respectively) suddenly create a lot of great chemistry out of nowhere and treat the case with more and more dedication and emergence as they uncover a terrible family secret out of the unfathomed depths of possible human behavior.
(Spoilers in this paragraph!) Try to stay with this one through the first half and you will be rewarded. If you can't do that - imagine a blend of "Misery (1990)" with a variation of "Psycho (1960)" where Bates' mother is actually still alive (but is not interested in showers) and you get a vague idea of what you're missing.
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