For now 43 episodes Franziska Lüttgenjohann has been the tireless assistant of the Cologne detectitve duo Ballauf and Schenk. And after twelve and a half years she deservedly gets her place in the spotlight – although she might have imagines it to happen in a different way. As a pro-bono parole officer she gets taken hostage in a prison by her charge, the convicted murderer and rapist Kehl. And while Ballauf and Schenk investigate the fellow inmates and the prison staff, turning up all kinds of intrigue, Franziska is playing a nerve-wrecking close-quarter game of cat and mouse with her tormentor. TV veterans Dror Zahavi as director and Jürgen Werner as writer develop one of the more traumatic moments in recent TATORT history with a steady hand and lots of psychological finesse. In the title role Tessa Mittelstaedt can show her whole range, making this more than a TV crime film: a study of fate and good intentions that will on all sides leave nothing but losers in the end.
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Selected filmography Hinnerk Schönemann
BAADER (2002), DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN (2006), YELLA (2007), DIE ABENTEUER DES HUCK FINN (2012)