Wilsberg: Wilsberg and the dead person in the confessional

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Episode in the Wilsberg series
Original title Wilsberg and the dead man in the confessional
Country of production Germany
original language German
Cologne film production
on behalf of ZDF
length 88 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
classification Episode 7 ( list )
First broadcast November 23, 2002 on ZDF
Director Manuel Siebenmann
script Ulli Stephan
production Micha Terjung
music Fabian Römer
camera Volker Tittel
cut Guido Krajewski

Wilsberg and the Dead in the Confessional is the seventh episode in the Wilsberg television series . The film is based on Jürgen Kehrer's Wilsberg character . It was first broadcast on November 23, 2002 on ZDF . The director was Manuel Siebenmann , the screenplay was written by Ulli Stephan .


Private detective Georg Wilsberg almost forgot the invitation from his girlfriend Anna Springer. When he arrived at her place a little late, she sent him away again without further ado because she had to reschedule and her old friend Johanna Eckelt had surprisingly come to visit. Johanna was looking for her fifteen-year-old daughter Kathi, who had run away and had come to see her grandfather in Munster.

Johanna's brother Karl, meanwhile, visits Pastor Hollein because he wants to go to confession, but the clergyman puts him off because it is quite late. The next day the pastor is found dead in the confessional, of all things when Wilsberg's friend Manni, as he is an active member of the church choir, wanted to perform a solo piece. Since Wilsberg was among the audience, he was immediately interested in the case. Hollein apparently fell to his death on a staircase and was then placed in the confessional. The commissioner learns from Manni Höch that the pastor wanted to report something and that he had met Karl Eckelt late in the evening.

Surprisingly, Commissioner Springer asks Wilsberg for help in finding Johanna's daughter, because she has already run away again. The girl really wants to know who her father is, but Johanna is silent about why they are constantly arguing and Kathi does not feel that she is being taken seriously. Wilsberg finds Kathi in a "drug bar" and can free her there. He is also interested in her and her mother over the next few days, as he has fallen a little in love with Johanna and suspects that the Eckelt family is a big secret. He tries to speak to his father Eckelt, who runs a small gardening business in Münster. But he, too, is silent and only says that the past cannot be changed. His mentally retarded son Karl works in the gardening business and Wilsberg knows that Johanna has a very close bond with her brother. He suspects Karl to have something to do with Hollein's death and speaks to him about it. So Wilsberg learns that Karl only found the pastor dead and because he said, "The pastor must confess before he goes before the Lord ," he put in the confessional. In the meantime, Commissioner Springer also found out that Karl was late at church on the evening of the crime and that there was also blood stains on his jacket. In order to protect his son, Volker Eckelt admits to having killed the pastor. As a motive, he claims to have learned that Pastor Hollein is the father of his granddaughter, which would have angered him very much. When Volker Eckelt is arrested, Johanna admits to Wilsberg that she had pushed Hollein away in her desperation because he simply did not want to stand by her and his daughter. He would have fallen down the stairs. Wilsberg keeps this admission to himself and does not speak to Commissioner Springer about it.


Wilsberg and the Dead in the Confessional appeared on DVD along with the episode Wilsberg and the Mute Witness from polar film .

The running gag “Bielefeld” takes place in the third minute of broadcast when a passer-by comments on the license plate of a car with the question: “Bielefeld?” And Wilsberg replies briefly: “Berlin”.


Rainer Tittelbach from tittelbach.tv rated it positively and said: “Wilsberg thrillers are fun.” This film is “no exception”. “The light pitch is accompanied by a rather unusual depth and sensuality in the play of the modern Magdalena Jeanette Hain. It brings a wonderful melancholy, which Leonard Lansink absorbs in his typical stoic-stubborn way. "

The editorial team of TV Spielfilm is of the opinion: “This Wilsberg does not offer a spectacular case either, but old acquaintances with lovable quirks. The church criticism is tame from the very possibility that there would otherwise have been a shooting ban in the Catholic cathedral. ”Conclusion:“ Blessed be the unpretentious conversation. ”

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of release for Wilsberg: Wilsberg and the dead person in the confessional . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry (PDF). Template: FSK / maintenance / type not set and Par. 1 longer than 4 characters
  2. Rainer Tittelbach: Parable of the lost daughter: Jeanette Hain brings melancholy into play Film criticism at tittelbach.tv, accessed on February 8, 2017.
  3. TV Spielfilm : Film review at TV-Spielfilm.de accessed on December 10, 2016.