Everything is triggered by a cat. Her name is Pandora. One day Pandora is gone. Her owner, good old Mrs. Schrödinger (Ilse Neubauer), goes to the police station to report her beloved animal missing. Police Commissioner Dennis Eden (Stephan Zinner) puts paper and pen aside when Ms. Schrödinger, when asked what the last name of the missing person is, replies that Pandora is just called Pandora.
Only Eden’s colleague, Police Commissioner Elisabeth “Bessie” Eyckhoff (Verena Altenberger), shows sympathy and quickly passes the lady a card on which she has noted the phone number of the animal shelter. Colleague Eden rolls his eyes. The new one.
The story with the cat in this “Polizeiruf 110” from Munich, who is the third with Verena Altenberger (this year’s compassionate in “Jedermann” at the Salzburg Festival) results in a whole chain of events, like a domino effect.
In this idiosyncratic decelerated television film, director Oliver Haffner and author Clemens Maria Schönborn negotiate the power of fate and, loosely based on Heisenberg’s quantum mechanics, the thesis that everything is connected with everything (“Police call 110: Ms. Schrödinger’s cat”, Sunday, ARD, 8:15 pm).
While “Bessie” Eyckhoff is taking the initiative and pinning search slips with a cat photo and telephone number to trees and traffic lights, a whole pack of amateur thugs is about to snatch Johanna Schrödinger’s belongings. The narration does not shy away from the bizarre or the grotesque, and everything is underlaid with a dignified degree of Bavarian cosiness.
One of the most greedy of the shirred teeth around Ms. Schrödinger is the brazen, stupid couple Meyer: Mr. and Ms. Meyer (Ferdinand Dörfler and Lilly Forgách) “look after” Ms. Schrödinger a little, even though the old lady is actually still pretty good together. She could do without this malicious type of care anyway: The Meyers – she orders, he executes – intend to call the house, estimated at around 1.2 million, their own via a fake land register entry and pseudo donation.
Mr and Mrs Meyer will stop at nothing. Ms. Schrödinger’s heart pills have long since been exchanged by the oh so caring Ms. Meyer, speculating on the quick end of the lady, with peppermint dragees – which, one of the wonderfully whimsical turns of this story with its numerous sub-stories, ultimately helps the cat-loving lady feels better than ever.
The greasy notary Leopold Gaigern (Florian Karlheim) also senses the profitable business and demands a fifty percent participation from the esteemed Ms. Meyer. While the bumbling Mr Meyer, on the other hand, when the 16-year-old skater Vicky Neumann (Luna Jordan) reports that she has found the missing cat and wants to make a finder’s wage from it, by a stupid coincidence the unsuspecting girl runs over the unsuspecting girl with his old cart and runs away commits.
Further circles, all interwoven, should open and close. Some are fatal. Everything is connected to everything.
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Verena Altenberger, who made her debut in Munich’s “Polizeiruf 110” in September 2019, walks through this Munich, more precisely, through the district of Sendling, in the role of “Bessie” Eyckhoff. She often beams, laughs at people, for example the young, stranger husband, Adam Millner (Camill Jammal), who is standing at the traffic light and who is looking at and looking at you, the cat photos, and thus misses the tram.
Another evening she sees him in the bistro over there, goes in, sits down at the table opposite, speaks to him. He, who deals with quantum physics, is completely perplexed when she, the pretty policewoman from the crossroads, can answer and argue in terms of content.
The notoriously underestimated Commissioner Eyckhoff, who has a smile for the people, far from the dry commissioner cynicism everywhere, this still new television figure is expandable. With Verena Altenberger, who now has to commute more frequently between Salzburg and Munich, this can be achieved. Well, actually.
But now the Sunday evening thrillers go into the summer break in the first.