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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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Robert Schwentke
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
August Diehl ... Marc Schrader
Christian Redl ... Minks
Nadeshda Brennicke ... Maya Kroner
Johan Leysen ... Frank Schoubya
Fatih Cevikkollu Fatih Cevikkollu ... Dix
Monica Bleibtreu Monica Bleibtreu ... Kommissarin Roth
Ilknur Bahadir Ilknur Bahadir ... Meltem
Joe Bausch Joe Bausch ... Günzel
Florian Panzner ... Poscher
Jasmin Schwiers ... Marie Minks
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ... Scheck
Ingo Naujoks Ingo Naujoks ... Stefan Kreiner
Reinhardt Firchow Reinhardt Firchow ... Polizeipräsident (as Reinhart Firchow)
Wanda Perdelwitz ... Strichmädchen
Sybille J. Schedwill ... Petra (as Sibylle Schedwill)
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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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Country:

Germany

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Release Date:

4 April 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Тату See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The tattoos in the "tattoo exhibition room" were produced on actual goat skin. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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References Se7en (1995) See more »

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A Film of Artful Surfaces and Harrowing Underneaths
10 October 2002 | by Mitch-93See all my reviews

If David Fincher's SE7EN was a mystery shot through the prism of 70s American crime films, then Robert Schwentke's TATTOO is a mystery shot through the prism of 70's European art films. The comparisons are inescapable, it shares SE7EN's dark look, dual detectives, mid-point chase and "something in a box" as well as its meticulous, exacting direction, but it is a very different film with very different thematic agendas. This German film about a secret market in skin and its thematic concerns of guilt, conformity, identity, violence and heritage suggest obvious connections to the Third Reich and the current crisis of east/west reintegration of culture. This rich thematic tapestry is held together by one of the most precise, stylish and icily dreamlike directorial debuts to be seen in decades. Shades of Antonioni and Cronenberg, as well as Tourneur and Hitchcock inform a style which is never imitative and truly hypnotic. Strong, understated performances ground the film, which stumbles only in a pre-climax exposition scene that feels shoe-horned in, for until that point, every piece of information is earned and visually realized. Schwentke is a director to watch; provocative, thoughtful and clearly in love with the art of cinema.


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