Crime scene: The Holdt case

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Episode of the series Tatort
Original title The Holdt case
Country of production Germany
original language German
length 90 minutes
classification Episode 1034 ( List )
First broadcast November 5, 2017 on Das Erste , SRF 1 and ORF 2
Director Anne Zohra Berrached
script Jan Braren
music Jasmin Reuter
camera Bernhard Keller
cut Denys Darahan

The Holdt case is a television film from the crime series Tatort . The contribution produced by Norddeutscher Rundfunk is the 1034th Tatort episode and was first broadcast on November 5, 2017 on Das Erste , SRF 1 and ORF 2 . Chief Detective Charlotte Lindholm is investigating her 25th case.


Chief Detective Charlotte Lindholm celebrates with her new friend Henning in a club. She dances to the music of the live band Polkageist . Going to the toilet is difficult as the queue is very long. Because it is obviously urgent, Lindholm leaves the dance hall and seeks relief in the parking lot, hidden between two cars. There she is discovered by three men and filmed with malicious remarks. Lindholm approaches the men aggressively and demands the release of the video. But the men refuse. When Lindholm tries to forcibly grab the smartphone with the video, the situation escalates. The Commissioner is overwhelmed and beaten by the men, which even goes so far that they kick the woman lying on the ground. Without notifying her boyfriend or asking for help, Lindholm goes home and crawls into bed.

Julia and Frank Holdt start their day near Walsrode . The morning preparations can be seen that the relationship of the couple is impaired. The man rarely speaks to his wife, but devotes himself exuberantly and lovingly to the dog before going to work. Soon after, Julia Holdt also sets off with the car, followed by a yellow van. Since the house is in a wooded area, she drives on small forest roads. The path is suddenly blocked by a tree lying across the road. This turns out to be a prepared trap: a masked man from the yellow transporter asks her to get out with the gun drawn. He shoots the barking dog in cold blood. Holdt uses the distraction and tries to escape by reversing. This ends quickly on a tree, however, and the pursuers drag her out of the car.

When Frank Holdt comes home, on the doorstep of the house, he finds a package with his wife's hair cut off. Immediately afterwards, a phone call was received on the enclosed cell phone demanding a ransom of 300,000 euros for the abducted wife. The perpetrators threaten to kill the hostage if the police are called in. Holdt is the branch manager of the local Volksbank and asks his employee by phone about the total amount of cash in the branch. He can get around 210,000 euros. He obviously has no access to any other financial means. So he asks his in-laws, Christian and Gudrun Rebenow, for the missing money. Contrary to Holdt's urgent request, his father-in-law, appearing dominantly, notifies a friend of his, a senior official in the Ministry and also the police. Frank Holdt then secretly calls the perpetrators and re-arranges the handover of the money.

Charlotte Lindholm, who has withdrawn to her apartment because she has not yet mentally coped with the attack on her person, receives a call from her superior Marc Kohlund. He tells her about the kidnapping and asks the Commissioner to take care of the family and lead the negotiations. She rejects the request on the grounds that she is on sick leave. Kohlund, for his part, with the Ministry behind his neck, ignores this and urges Lindholm to take over the case.

Numerous police officers arrive at the house, including the visibly damaged Lindholm. Together with the ambitious young commissioner Frauke Schäfer, she investigates the family. It turns out that Julia Holdt cheated on her husband and that he beat her significantly. The husband monitored his wife with a spy program on her smartphone. Julia Holdt wanted to leave her husband, the clothes packed ready for travel in the entrance scene served this purpose.

Tense by her own experience of violence, Lindholm focuses her investigation on Frank Holdt. She considers him to be the person who commissioned the kidnapping with which he wanted to get rid of his wife - possibly through the targeted killing of the hostage. Lindholm assaults Holdt, who is also very tense, with a direct accusation that he violently knocks her to the ground. She gets beside herself and reciprocates with blows that are only stopped by the shepherd hurrying up.

Abductees and kidnappers are searched for in a large manhunt by hundreds of police officers. The family appeals on television to the blackmailers to release their hostage after paying the ransom. The media reported about the kidnapping in great style. In a meticulous nightly data search, Lindholm found what appeared to be decisive evidence: a phone call between the kidnappers 'cell phone and the Holdts' house connection took place the day before the kidnapping. She then has Holdt arrested.

Julia Holdt's body is found. After a while, she died of the severe injuries sustained in the brutal attack by one of the kidnappers. Lindholm tries to force the husband to confess through a particularly harsh interrogation. At the same time, Schäfer and a technician find out during a check that the wrong date has been set in the Holdt's telephone system and that the telephone call, which is so stressful, took place after the kidnapping began. The supposedly decisive evidence was deceptive, but the information did not reach Lindholm. During the interrogation, the commissioner describes in detail and ruthlessly the agony Julia Holdt suffered in order to bring Frank Holdt to a collapse. Holdt suffers greatly from the descriptions, but does not admit, but denies the act again and again and expresses his love for his wife. Shortly afterwards, he hanged himself in his prison cell.

Lindholms superior Kohlund comes to the conclusion that the commissioner got lost, withdraws the case and sends her home. In the final scene, Lindholm seeks consolation from her boyfriend. In the credits, a text reports that the kidnapping case remained unsolved.

Production, background

The film was shown from November 2, 2016 to December 1, 2016 a. a. filmed in Appel and in Rosengarten in the district of Harburg. The premiere took place on September 14, 2017 at the Oldenburg Film Festival .

According to producer Kerstin Ramcke, the criminal case Maria Bögerl gave the impetus for the plot; the plot in the film is, however, clearly changed.



“The fictional 'Holdt case' is inspired by the real Bögerl case […] This 'crime scene' is therefore not for guessworkers. Director Anne Zohra Berrached previously shot the rigorously explicit abortion drama '24 Weeks '. The filmmaker has now staged her first television thriller as a bourgeois tragedy in which she meticulously, almost in a documentary manner, traces the various stages of extinction and self-extinction. In the dry dialogues every medical detail of the different destruction processes is shown. "

““ The Holdt case ”is happily far from those Sunday thrillers that naively stamp their social topic like decals from the original German reality. And coincidentally, pretty close to the current #MeToo debate. [...] The young director Anne Zorah Berrached, who has been familiar with female characters who reach their limits since her entry to the Berlinale competition “24 weeks”, presents her first “crime scene” here. It's the right TV movie at the right time. "

Audience rating

The first broadcast of Der Fall Holdt on November 5, 2017 was seen by 10.22 million viewers in Germany and achieved a market share of 28.1% for Das Erste .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Polkageist: Immer auf der Kippe (2017), recorded especially for the crime scene , YouTube video, accessed on November 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Crime scene: The Holdt case at crew united
  3. ↑ The crime scene team investigates in the Harburg district. In: NDR 1 Lower Saxony. Norddeutscher Rundfunk, November 21, 2016, archived from the original on September 15, 2017 ; accessed on October 12, 2017 .
  4. The Holdt case. Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg, 2017, accessed on October 17, 2017 (English).
  5. Erwin Bachmann: Heidenheim's murder case Bögerl gave impetus for a crime scene crime novel on November 5th. Heidenheimer Zeitung /, October 14, 2017, accessed on October 14, 2017 .
  6. Christian Buß: Violence "crime scene" with Maria Furtwängler. 300,000 in small bills or heads. Spiegel Online, November 3, 2017, accessed on November 3, 2017 : "Rating: 6 out of 10 points"
  7. Claudia Schwartz: Commissioner Lindholm and the brutal consequences of violence. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, November 5, 2017, accessed on November 5, 2017 .
  8. Manuel Weis: Primetime check: Sunday, November 5, , November 6, 2017, accessed on November 6, 2017 .