A money messenger is murdered in downtown Weimar. Coincidentally, the commissioners Lessing (Christian Ulmen) and Kira Dorn (Nora Tschirner) are nearby - and take up the pursuit of the perpetrator. However, he manages to escape - and also injures Lessing in a shootout. So this time his wife has to find the culprit on her own - and comes across a strange security company called Geist Security. Its owner, John Geist (Ronald Zehrfeld), seems more interested in parrots than the safety of his employees and clients.
The whole time you're watching, you get the feeling that something isn't quite right here. After an hour it becomes clear what it is: "The Fine Spirit" is in the best tradition of so-called "brainfuck" movies. Films like "The Sixth Sense" or Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island", which play with the viewer's perception and leave them in the dark about reality for as long as possible. That such a "Tatort" episode comes from Weimar, otherwise the home of the well-groomed joke, is a nice surprise.
A security company whose boss is interested in parrots. A detective who gets into bed with the suspect. A more than confused criminal case. This "crime scene" doesn't make it easy for the viewer to stick with it.
If the Weimar "crime scenes" were mainly silly up to that point, this case showed a different side. And that's meant as a compliment. Turn on.
The "Tatort" episode "Der Feine Geist" was first broadcast on New Year's Day 2021. ARD repeats the case on Friday, October 7 at 11 p.m.
Commissioners Lessing and Dorn previously investigated these cases: