Updated 06/05/2022 at 11:00 AM
A psychiatrist disappeared and her husband’s hands were stained with blood. But the chief of police does not care about the female intuition of his commissioner. Dresden’s “Crime Scene: The Cold House” wants to talk about a poisoned marriage, but it’s only one-sided convincing.
What kind of people hang selfies in their apartments? No wedding photos or snapshots from the vacation, but huge pictures put together. As if, as in the past, portraits of nobles should be invited to admire. Pictures like these hang in Fischers’ cool home, which gives Dresden’s new “crime scene” (Monday, June 6, 8:15 p.m., Das Erste) its name. They are clearly a strange couple.
The villa may be a stuffy home, but it’s actually not a cold home at all. Despite the “smart” amenities like voice-controlled music, there’s plenty of parquet, half-timber and parquet floors to see. But these photos stare at you, especially to Catherine Fisher (Amelie Kiefer) and also to her husband Simon (Christian Baer). They are cold. Then on this dark night there is a marriage bed covered in blood.
“Tatort: The Cold House” deals with violence in marriage
At the latest at this scene, Inspectors Karen Gorniak (Karen Hanchowski) and Leonie Winkler (Cornelia Groschel) are terrified. Simon Fischer misses his wife, and as a very important businessman, great friend of the attorney general and the mayor and perhaps also the last descendant of the Saxon royal family, half of the Dresden police soon arrived. While Simon Fisher himself ran the bloodied streets in search of Katherine.
It’s not just Catherine. Always “my Catherine”. The thing is: Simon Fisher is already missing his wife when she just went to the cottage where the psychiatrist is recording her hit YouTube advice videos: Steps Toward Happiness. And when Catherine doesn’t want to lead a happy marriage quite like he does, the choleric man’s hand slips from absolute love.
At least that’s what Karen Gorniak suspects, because, as we’ll learn in The Cold House, she has very personal experiences with marital violence. But Simon Fisher is too well connected to be treated as the prime suspect so quickly. Everyone is afraid of him – his wife is probably from his violence, and everyone is afraid of his money and influence. That is why Police Chief Peter Michael Schnabel (Martin Brambach) responds angrily to Karen Gorniak: “It’s not about her feelings!”
Domestic Violence or Friendships: What is “Crime Scene” Really About?
But that’s all there is to it. About female intuition, female friendship, solidarity. On the other hand, domestic violence and complex love relationships with broken dependencies are only marginally mentioned, even if the story of Christophe Bosch and co-author Ann Zohra Brashed wants us to believe it. We simply learn very little about the Fisher family as a married couple.
Most of the time, we see an angry Simon running through the plot, who declares his love for Catherine through inner monologues. Which sounds more polite than menacing. He is also constantly claimed to be a stern, power-conscious businessman, but he never showed up. The humor in “The Cold House” is also depressing, apparently intended to mitigate the serious problem of toxic relationships.
However, when the only serious subject is told about an anxious and humiliated detective and a somewhat silly husband, it doesn’t seem that serious and the humorous interludes make the story all the more unbelievable. “I have a feeling something is wrong” Leonie Winkler says at one point and you can’t help but agree with her.
Strong Women in “Crime Scene: The Cold House”
Anne Zohra Berrached also wrote the Crazy Bremen “Tatort: Liebeswut” from last weekend, about which the director said she wanted to tell the story “directly, instantaneously and out loud” and that she doesn’t care about the claim to reality. “The Cold House” seemed as if she had already felt the urge to do so here, but she didn’t really dare. There are many meaningful images and crowded edits, but at the same time little happens and they don’t quite fit together.
Anne Zahra Brashed’s acting is always strongest when she focuses on the women who turn a cold home into a warm home: There’s the forensic team, which is made up solely of women, as Leonie Winkler comments with astonishment, and they themselves as Bruce’s soundtrack. Springsteen work. There is the quiet policewoman Eva (Nadja Stübiger), who brings important information, drinks and a birthday cake with her.
Fellows Gorniak and Winkler also went one step further in light of male ignorance of intuition. There is, however, a strangely pale role, that of Beate Lindweg (Katherina Byrnes): she was the lost best friend of Catherine Fisher, allegedly, but unconvincingly presented.
In the end, one can be happy about the friendly female bonds formed or strengthened here. But the rest leaves you pretty cold.
For ten years, Anna Schudt posed in front of the camera as the commissioner “Martina Boenich” of the “Crime Scene”. Now I left crime fiction. There is a specific reason behind this. (Image credit: imago images/Future Image/) © ProSiebenSat.1