Bloch: The labyrinth

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Episode in the Bloch series
Original title the maze
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Country of production Germany
original language German
length 90 minutes
classification Episode 23 ( list )
First broadcast March 13, 2013 on Das Erste
Director Dror Zahavi
script Jochen Greve
Johannes Rotter
music Jörg Lemberg
camera Hubert Schick
cut Olaf Strecker

←  Predecessor
Hot and Cold Soul

Successor  →
The Lavender Queen

The Labyrinth is a German television film by Dror Zahavi from 2013. It is the twenty-third and penultimate episode of the Bloch television series .


After the actuary Jens hit his pregnant girlfriend Andrea in a sudden attack of anger, so that she got a nosebleed, they both decide that Jens needs to get professional help. Jens turns to Dr. Maximilian Bloch, especially since he fears that his violence could sooner or later harm the unborn child. Bloch first tries to channel Jens' inner anger. Both give the feeling the name "Günther". After an initial session, Bloch advises Jens to go to the local diakonia for further treatment, as he has no more evening appointments. He gives him his cell phone number for emergencies, but when the phone rings that evening, it's not Jens but Andrea on the line. Bloch's partner Clara, who suffers from Bloch's constant work anyway, has enough and she moves out of the shared bedroom. A little later, Bloch realizes that she and her work colleague Oliver are lovers. Nevertheless, Clara is unsure who she is more attracted to and stays in the shared apartment. The situation is troubling Bloch, but because of Clara's relationship he now has time again in the evening. He takes Jens into therapy.

Jens and Andrea come together for a second session. Through various exercises, Bloch realizes that Andrea is the dominant and manipulating part in the relationship. Bloch plays the “praline game” with both of them, whereby the pralines are supposed to express the relationship between child and parent. When it is Andrea's turn, she takes four chocolates, throws them all over the place and says that her parents are dead and stuffs three chocolates into her mouth. When Bloch refers to the fourth one remaining behind, she angrily throws it back into the box and tells Bloch that he would try to separate her and Jens and leaves the room. Bloch goes after her and presents her with a pack of pills that she must have forgotten in his bathroom. It is clear to the therapist that Andrea is only faking the pregnancy to make Jens compliant. He informs Jens of his assumption. The next day Andrea arrives at Bloch's apartment unannounced. She makes him clear advances in his practice and tries to kiss him. When he fights her off, she calls for help until Clara appears. Even if Bloch denies having touched Andrea, Clara initially has doubts - a circumstance that shakes Bloch. Andrea wants to destroy Bloch: She reports him for attempted abuse and also submits the case to the ethics conference for assessment. She also claims that the assault caused her to miscarry. Bloch has to temporarily close his practice. His attempt to back down to Andrea so that she can withdraw the complaint fails. Bloch knows from the therapy sessions that in addition to her deceased parents, another caregiver from her past must play a role in Andreas's life. From the court documents, he inferred that she was married before and that her married name was "Bickert". He finds her divorced husband, who tells him that Andrea has always been manipulative and has faked numerous illnesses and pregnancies in their marriage. Bloch also learns that Andrea has a younger sister: The severely disabled Beatrix lives in a home run by nuns and has not received a visit from Andrea for more than seven years. Bloch confronts Andrea with his findings - shortly afterwards she withdraws her complaint.

Jens, who was temporarily staying with Bloch, reconciles with Andrea. She desperately wants a child from him and urges him to agree to a marriage. In the meantime, Bloch is left by Clara, who wants to be clear about her own feelings during the break. Bloch does not let go of Andreas Psyche. Again he visits Beatrix, who had a visit from Andrea the day before and then screamed all night. However, such a connection would presuppose that Beatrix did not, as Andrea claims, have suffered severe brain damage due to lack of oxygen at birth. Only those who have screamed before in life can do so in a seriously ill state. Bloch finds photos that show young Beatrix healthy in her sister's arms. He wants to investigate Andrea about the real background, but bursts in the middle of a loud argument between Andrea and Jens. During the night Bloch receives a text message from Jens. He asks him to look after Andrea because she does not answer. In fact, Bloch finds Andrea lifeless in her apartment: she has tried to kill herself with pills and is saved in the hospital. Her suicide attempt was also staged, as she herself texted Bloch from Jens' cell phone. Jens has fallen for Andrea again and turns away from Bloch.

Clara returns to Bloch and encourages him to bring the Andrea case to an end. A short time later, Andrea receives a message from the home where Beatrix is ​​staying. During her visit there, a nurse tells her that Beatrix is ​​very likely not disabled, but only seriously ill. Therapy could perhaps cure the young woman so that she could possibly speak again. Andrea hurries to Beatrix's room, where Bloch is waiting for her. Beatrix has been brought to safety from her sister and Bloch can finally get the truth out of Andrea: As a toddler, she played horse and rider with her sister and pressed her sister's head firmly into the pillow for two minutes so that she couldn't breathe got. Her mother had only been out of sight of both children for a short time. Later the mother had to answer in court, but was not convicted. In order to protect her own daughter, she invented that Beatrix had already been born disabled. Andrea feels responsible for the death of her parents and the condition of her sister, and believes that she can only destroy her life. She wishes to build something up one day. Andrea and Jens come to Bloch for a last meeting. After they say goodbye, Andrea purposefully goes away alone and leaves Jens behind.


The labyrinth was filmed from February 28, 2012 to March 30, 2012 in Cologne and Bergisch Gladbach and was broadcast for the first time in prime time on March 13, 2013 as part of the ARD series “FilmMittwoch im Erste ” . The film was seen by 4.66 million viewers, which corresponds to a market share of 14.5 percent. It is the penultimate episode of the Bloch film series , the main actor of which Dieter Pfaff died on March 5, 2013, before the premiere.


For the film service , Das Labyrinth was an “ambitious (TV series) drama with psychological support that routinely dovetailed the private sensitivities of its protagonist Bloch with the complex“ case ”. "

The TV Spielfilm gave the film the best possible rating (thumbs up) and wrote: "Psychopuzzle with corners, edges and top mimes"

Rainer Tittelbach from judged: "The Labyrinth" is a 90-minute therapy for couples, magically captured on film, a chamber play, consistently without regard to audience expectations, focused dramaturgically and staged, strictly composed the cadrage & the play of light. A highlight of this series, which is already exemplary. Terrifyingly good: Minichmayr and Striesow. The only thing left to breathe is the little back door of the eloquent imagery that creates distance.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Bloch: The labyrinth at crew united
  2. TV charts from Wednesday: FC Bayern dominates at least the rating ranking , from March 14, 2013
  3. ↑ Audience ratings and market shares from March 13, 2013: Screenshot from , from March 14, 2013
  4. Bloch: The Labyrinth. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
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  6. Bloch series : The Rainer Tittelbach labyrinth at Retrieved March 20, 2013.