“Tatort” repeat today from Dresden: hostage-taking in the children’s home: a father as a ticking time bomb


“Tatort” repeat from Dresden
Hostage-taking in a children’s home: A father as a ticking time bomb

"Crime Scene: The time has come" from Dresden

Louis Bürger (Max Riemelt) on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His wife Anna is squatting in the background.

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“We have to prevent him from going crazy”: In this “crime scene” repetition, Dresden commissioners Karin Gorniak and Leonie Winkler deal with a father who takes hostages in a children’s home.

  • 3 out of 5 points
  • Hostage-taking in the children’s home and family drama: no easy fare in difficult times

What’s the matter?

The policeman Jan Landrock is found dead in front of his house. commissioner Karen Gorniak (Karin Hanczewski) and her colleagues believe that the criminal Louis Bürger (Max Riemelt) has something to do with the murder. With the help of his wife Anna (Katia Fellin), the 31-year-old manages to escape from custody. The two want to go to Croatia. Before that, they still have one goal: to get their son Tim (Claude Heinrich) out of the children’s home. The 12-year-old boy was taken away from his parents because he had to be hospitalized after a drug overdose. The situation in the children’s home escalates when the police arrive. The armed Louis Bürger becomes a ticking time bomb and takes several people hostage.

Why is the case “The time has come” worth it?

The film lives above all from the actors Katia Fellin and Max Riemelt, the couple Citizens to play. Both of them finally want to get their lives under control, no more parties, no more drugs, just a regular everyday life with a job and a child. However, it becomes clear early on that this is only a dream and that the whole story will not end well. Above all, Riemelt plays the father, who completely loses control and at the same time desperately fights for the well-being of his family, very convincingly.

What bothers?

A hostage situation in one children’s home, which spreads anxiety, fear and panic, is not the ideal topic for a relaxed evening in front of the TV. Parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown aren’t really what you want to see on TV either. In addition, the film, especially in the beginning, jumps back and forth a lot in terms of time and has several small errors, starting with the license plate number of the getaway car.



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The commissioners?

It is the third joint case for Commissioner Karin Gorniak (Karin Hanczewski) and her colleague Leonie Winkler (Cornelia Groeschel). The two sniff each other like tigers in a cage and don’t really warm to each other. They are too different in their way of working: Gorniak the hands-on, impulsive, Winkler the more rational type, always mindful of regulations. When “the new girl” wants to take on a central task in the hostage situation, her colleague Gorniak doubts whether she is up to the challenge.

Turn on or off?

Heavy fare in tough times. You can’t just look away from this film, even the first few minutes are almost unbearable. If you are looking for entertainment or flat action, you should rather tune in somewhere else.

The “Tatort” episode “The time has come” was first broadcast on April 5, 2020. ARD will repeat the case on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 9:45 p.m.



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