Residual risk (2011)

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Original title Residual risk
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2011
length 94 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Urs Egger
script Sarah Schnier
Carl-Christian Demke
production Ivo-Alexander Beck
Alicia Remirez
music Nicholas Glowna
camera Martin Kukula
cut Andrea Mertens

Residual Risk is a German television film from 2011. The disaster film shows the development and consequences of a serious accident in a fictional nuclear power plant . At Sat.1 , the film was first broadcast on 18 January 2011th


In October Katja Wernecke walks through the deserted city of Hamburg with a dosimeter . The former head of security at the nearby Oldenbüttel nuclear power plant is looking for evidence of criminal activities that led to a devastating reactor accident. She is exposed to the radioactive radiation in the contaminated zone and also has to hide again and again from Bundeswehr soldiers who are looking for looters.

Three months in advance, the former proponent of atomic energy is beginning to have doubts about the technology that will secure her job. She tacitly agrees to the cover-up of a fire in the power plant, which works manager Ludger Wessel wants to enforce in view of the imminent extension of the service life. However, when a serious incident occurs, their attitude changes. Together with PR expert Steffen Strathmann, who is actually supposed to improve Oldenbüttel's image, she is looking for evidence of poor management of the nuclear power plant. Her ex-husband, the journalist Gerald Wernecke, wrote a critical report on this in an online magazine.

The investigation leads to employee Bernd Mahlsdorf, who was recently hit by an unknown person in his car and killed in the process. When Katja Wernecke visits a children's hospice where her daughter Marlene is staging a play about Pippi Longstocking , she realizes that Mahlsdorf helped finance this facility and probably had to make amends. She found the solution by chance when she and her son Dominik visited an association for model pilots , where files from Mahlsdorf were stored in a cupboard. These documents show that there was dangerous sloppiness during the construction of the Oldenbüttel reactor, which was concealed by the operators.

Shortly after Wernecke discovered this explosive information, another serious accident occurred in the nuclear power plant. The head of security cannot be stopped by the protests of the employees in the control room and triggers a disaster alarm, whereupon the facility is evacuated. While on the run, Wernecke and Strathmann manage to pass on the treacherous information just in time.

During the subsequent proceedings before the committee of inquiry , she explains the background to the disaster as a witness. As a consequence of this incident, the chairman of the committee orders that further obsolete reactors be shut down immediately.


Zwentendorf nuclear power plant

The unused Austrian nuclear power plant in Zwentendorf served as the backdrop for the fictional power plant in Oldenbüttel . The name is reminiscent of Brunsbüttel , whose reactor is identical to the one in Zwentendorf. The municipality of Seester mainly served as the backdrop for the place itself .

In the months before the broadcast, the discussion about the real nuclear policy in Germany intensified due to the extension of the service life of German nuclear power plants by the black and yellow federal government and the protests during the Castor transport to Gorleben . The producers of Residual Risk see the film as a contribution to this controversial debate. In addition, following the premiere, Sat.1 broadcast a report on the dangers of nuclear power plants, in which, among other things, the Biblis nuclear power plant and the Chernobyl disaster , as well as a special edition of the magazine Act 20.11 on the subject of energy supply.

The cancers of children in the Elbmarsch , which are shown with residual risk , are based on the real cases in the Elbmarsch leukemia cluster .


The reviewer of the Rheinische Post sees the statement of the film clearly on the side of the opponents of nuclear power, whereby "the work is by no means intrusive missionary", but rather invites "to reflect and discuss". In Welt online, Miriam Bandar emphasizes the importance of the location in Zwentendorf and the portrayal of the catastrophe: “These recordings clearly contribute to the visual realism of the film. Credible is also the reason of the accident: The GAU . Does not have a primary cause, but is made up of a chain of negligence, wrongful convictions and hushed-up problems "Jürgen Overkott describes in the" Wutbürger -Epos "Sat.1 as" the best 'public service' film in a long time ”. However, he misses the real accident: "The film doesn't dare to show a reactor ruin, not to mention building rubble - a defect, of course, but not a television disaster." Christian Buß from Spiegel Online criticizes the film as " Trash with attitude [...] The scenario is compressed like a B-movie , the political entanglements of the characters remain diffuse over stretches, and how the heroes try to keep the risky radiation at bay with a face mask seems very daring. " Tomasz Kurianowics describes the film in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as exciting and consistently designed from a dramaturgical point of view: “A courageous work that does not depict stereotypes of the enemy, but rather dares to raise the question of whether our belief in the unearthly safety of nuclear power plants is based on transparent facts Can be brought into harmony. "


The film was released on DVD on May 13, 2011 and was released for ages 12 and up.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Making of - Part 1 (Flash Video)
  2. a b Christian Buß: Chernobyl with a view of the Elbe. Spiegel Online , January 18, 2011, accessed January 19, 2011 .
  3. Christiane Eickmann: SAT.1 makes film in a decommissioned nuclear power plant. Hannoversche Allgemeine, September 10, 2010, accessed on May 7, 2012 .
  4. "residual risk" on television., January 10, 2011, accessed on May 7, 2012 .
  5. Making of - Part 2 (Flash Video)
  6. a b Reactor accident in a German nuclear power plant. (No longer available online.) Rheinische Post , January 18, 2011, archived from the original on January 19, 2011 ; Retrieved January 19, 2011 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. Miriam Bandar: "Residual Risk" - Life in Hamburg after the nuclear disaster. Welt online, January 18, 2011, accessed January 19, 2011 .
  8. Jürgen Overkott: Sat.1 dares in "Residual Risk" Wutbürger-Fernsehen. The West, January 17, 2011, accessed January 19, 2011 .
  9. Information from the online shop, accessed on June 13, 2011
  10. Release certificate for residual risk . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , April 2011 (PDF; test number: 127 398 V).