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Yesterday he was at the end of his rope, today the rope feels like a noose: In Wolfgang Murnberger’s fourth adaptation of a crime novel by Wolf Haas, Brenner (Josef Hader) ends up returning to his hometown Graz – where a dark secret from the past lurks. Also starring: Tobias Moretti, Roland Düringer and Nora von Waldstätten.
Now it really would be nice for a change if nothing happened for a while. Brenner (Josef Hader, who else) has finally landed on skid row, all he has in the world is his late mother’s little house in Graz, in the not-so-posh neighborhood of Puntigam. The house is a wretched dump, and what it lacks in electricity it more than makes up for with its a leaky roof. So he moves back home – from the big city to the small town. Back to the roots, so to speak. Unfortunately, they're as rotten as the beams of his roof.
Hoping to borrow money, Brenner visits his old buddy from the police academy, Köck (Roland Düringer), now working as a shady secondhand dealer, when suddenly Aschenbrenner (Tobias Moretti) shows up too – also one of them back then, and still one of them now: Aschenbrenner is the local chief of police.
And a short time later: Köck is dead, and Brenner wakes up in the hospital with a bullet hole in his head – but he doesn’t know what happened. Aschenbrenner, on the other hand, seems to know something. And above all they both know that together they did something extremely stupid back then, something with horrible consequences that don’t seem to have resolved themselves in the meantime. At least Dr. Irrsiegler (Nora von Waldstätten) is treating Brenner extra nice. But what Brenner doesn’t realize, having gotten used to big-city life, is that Graz, the provincial capital, is more provincial than capital: everyone knows everyone here, and some know each other much better than you’d think.
Life is hard but unfair. In his fourth full-length adventure as morose, hardheaded Brenner, Josef Hader reminds us more than ever of the antiheroes of the great tragedies – brain, heart, soul, and body really take a pounding in this turbulent crime thriller in which along with Tobias Moretti as morally uninhibited officer of the law, Nora von Waldstätten as charismatic doctor who is not afraid to get her hands dirty, and Roland Düringer as delightfully scuzzy small-time crook, Austria’s provincial capital Graz shines in all its glory: A cineastic treat right to the bitter-biting-brutal end.