The young Calabrian (Emiliano De Martino), despite his quick-tempered nature, is only nicknamed “Pippo” by everyone, and confuses the little world of the restaurateur family. He tries to drag the man (Beniamino Brogi) into protection money shops; he drives the woman (Antje Traue) into the arms of the police, who promise her a leniency program if she testifies against her husband’s friends.
This “crime scene” is the first part of a double episode from Dortmund and Munich with which ARD is celebrating the series’ fiftieth anniversary. It’s about the activities of the ‘Ndrangheta, the octopus-like Calabrian mafia, in Germany. The script for both parts comes from Bernd Lange (»Das Disappearance«), but these were staged with different tones and perspectives by two different directors (please read the large double interview on the anniversary »crime scene« here).
Part of the global ‘Ndrangheta logistics
The first part of “In der Familie” was written by Dominik Graf, who approaches the material from the fringes of crime: from the rustic Modicas trattoria that the small family was able to set up with a little financial support from their uncles from Italy and where she now serves spaghetti carbonara for six euros. The lowest German middle class, so to speak – but which is an important part of the global logistics of ‘Ndrangheta.
44 billion euros in annual sales
There is nothing glamorous about clan crime in this “crime scene”. Especially not the police officers who fight them. The investigators have positioned themselves in a ripped-off camper van in order to track down the transactions behind the canned tomatoes. Soon the team around Dortmund inspectors Faber and Bönisch (Jörg Hartmann and Anna Schudt) will be romping around on three or four square meters with that of the Munich inspectors Batic and Leitmayr (Miroslav Nemec and Udo Wachtveitl), who are also on the ‘Ndrangheta.
Far too much effort for a petty criminal like Pippo, who soon after his arrival distributes greetings from Calabria with a baseball bat in order to set up a small protection money company on his own account? Not exactly. Writer Lange and director Graf make it clear how the shabby outposts of the ‘Ndrangheta are related to its international empire. There is talk of 44 billion euros in annual sales made by the Calabrian mafia.
Photo: Hendrik Heiden / Hendrik Heiden / BR
The Modicas pizzeria in the »Tatort« is a small but important part of this system. How difficult it is to blow up is shown in this somewhat different clan thriller, above all, in the insurmountable intertwining of family and business. In order to portray them, Graf finds such disturbing and cruel images as one has seldom seen in a television thriller. Cause of death: family.
Rating: 9 out of 10 points
»Scene of the crime: In the family (1)«, Sunday, 8.15 p.m., Das Erste. Part two will follow next Sunday.