Inspector Charlotte Lindholm (Maria Furtwängler) travels from Göttingen to Hamburg for a weekend. There she wants to meet a man in the "Atlantic" hotel, whom she previously met on a dating platform. But when she comes into the room, he is lying dead in bed - naked and handcuffed. As it turns out, the man's name is not Boris James, as Charlotte Lindholm believed, but Roy Schöne and is a well-known neighborhood figure. It is no coincidence that Lindholm was lured to Hamburg and into the hotel room: the murder is to be blamed on her. She does not really trust the responsible police colleagues Ruben Delfgau (Jens Harzer) and Jana Zimmermann (Anne Ratte-Polle) and begins to investigate on her own who wanted to take revenge on her.
The film boasts a great cast and brilliant characters. In addition to Maria Furtwängler as Commissioner Charlotte Lindholm, Udo Lindenberg can be seen - and heard. The singer has lived in the "Atlantic" for many years. In addition, Detlev Buck not only directed a "crime scene" for the first time, but also made a curious appearance himself as Lude Einstein with Minipli hairstyle and naked bath in the whirlpool. The supporting roles are also superbly cast. Anne Ratte-Polle plays the Hamburg investigator Jana Zimmermann, who makes one hysterical appearance after the other. Charlotte Lindholm berates her as a "crazy aunt from the provinces" and calls the KTU staff disparagingly "the Smurfs". Opposite her is the quirky inspector Ruben Delfgau, who always wears sunglasses and is constantly chewing gum. There was only a small part for Kida Khodr Ramadan as a guest belting out Lindenberg hits in a karaoke bar - but even that is great. And not to forget: The Hamburg hotel "Atlantic", which also plays a brilliant leading role in the film and is reminiscent of the horror film "Shining" in the best scenes.
Unfortunately, towards the end the film gets too twisted. The really strong story gets lost in confused slapstick. In addition, the whole time is about Charlotte Lindholm's past and an old "crime scene" from 2017. "The Holdt case", the title of the episode at the time, was about a failed kidnapping and caused Lindholm's transfer from Hanover to Göttingen. Only very few viewers are likely to have the exact connections at hand.
Charlotte Lindholm is and remains a loner. The case is tailored for you from front to back. Her tough colleague Anaïs Schmitz recently faced her in Göttingen. An enrichment for the "Tatort" family, not only because actress Florence Kasumba is the first black investigator in the crime format. In the case of "Everything comes back" there is a solo appearance by Charlotte Lindholm - including sex scenes of the inspector.
Horror, sex and Udo Lindenberg: This "crime scene" stands out from the usual range of crime thrillers and is also worth repeating.
The "Tatort" episode "Everything comes back" was first broadcast on December 26, 2021. ARD will repeat the film on Friday, March 10 at 10:20 p.m.