Updated March 21, 2021, 9:51 p.m.
- The crime scene “Like everyone else” tells of the death of a homeless person in Cologne in a documentary style.
- The closeness to reality was intentional and also had an impact on the performers.
- During the shoot, “intense experiences” were made among Cologne’s homeless people.
Dietmar Bär (Commissioner Schenk) explains: “What happens very rarely to me, because there is always a professional critical distance for me when watching our Tatort productions: The finished film moved me extremely!” We provide further backgrounds.
How did the director prepare for the shoot?
Nina Wolfrum was primarily concerned with contrasting the cliché of the schnapps-drinking “bum” with a different reality. During her research, she found that homelessness is increasingly affecting the middle class: “So also people who have a job during the day and who sleep outside or in their car in the evening,” she says in the press releases of the WDR.
“Against this background, I wanted to tell women who are not strangers to us, on the contrary, they are frighteningly close, because ‘like everyone else’ they once stood up for something else in life, had plans, like each of us, but then for somebody else Point have lost their orientation. “
While shooting among Cologne’s homeless people, she had “intense experiences”: “Suddenly these people were no longer invisible. I really wanted to make that noticeable in the film. This is how eye contact was made with the audience at the end of the film. One of the homeless women said to me: ‘The Cologne crime scene, how beautiful … I always enjoyed watching it back then.’ “
Who sings the sad song in the middle of the “crime scene”?
One of the most haunting passages of “Like Everyone else” is a montage that shows how the lonely main characters prepare for the night. This is accompanied by the song “Melody X” by the Berlin band Bonaparte, behind which the Swiss singer Tobias Jundt hides.
In 2017, “Melody X” was already heard in an episode of the Netflix series “Dark”. One line from “Melody X” describes the song itself most aptly: There is talk of a “worst case scenario lullaby”, ie a ” Lullaby for extreme cases “: It’s about everyday worries and fears, and about” leaving the light on “to calm down.
Tobias Jundt started in 2008 with punk songs like “Too much”. Although they also had a message, it was only easier to get lost in the wacky Bonaparte videos: “When bare skin is involved, many people no longer listen to the text anyway,” said the 42-year-old singer in 2019 on “Deutschlandfunk” “Because they think that it cannot have any socially critical or poetic or intellectual or any kind of political claim.”
Does the “little cabin” really exist?
The social station that Regine Weigand (Hildegard Schroedter) runs in the “Tatort” is fictional, but there are similar meetings in many major German cities, some of which – unlike the “Kabäus’chen” – are only aimed at women to help them to be able to meet special needs. This also includes protection from violent male homeless people who homeless women suffer in the “crime scene”.
In Berlin, for example, the Social Service of Catholic Women runs “Eva’s stop”. The day-care center in the Wedding district resembles the fictional “Kabäus’chen” in its self-description: “With us, women find food and warmth, security and company. We are happy to support the search for resources that can be mobilized … In addition, the visitors can Set up a postal address and use a locker for personal use All offers are unbureaucratic and, if desired, anonymous.
The women can decide for themselves which offer they take up and whether and at what speed they accept support. The principle of our work is to treat women with respect and to recognize their way of life without prejudice. … A social worker works in Eva’s bus stop with the support of a number of voluntary women. “
How many homeless women are there in Germany?
The latest figures from the Federal Association for Homeless Aid eV (BAGW), the association of state and private social organizations, relate to 2018: “The total annual number of homeless people without the inclusion of homeless recognized refugees was a good 237,000.” Of these, around 70 percent are single and 27 percent are women.
How did they become homeless?
The main reasons are “the inadequate supply of affordable housing, the shrinking social housing stock and the solidification of poverty. There is a particular lack of affordable housing for people in the low-income sector,” says managing director Werena Rosenke on the BAGW website.
“Single parents and young adults are particularly vulnerable groups of people, but we are also very concerned about the threat of old-age poverty, the generation of cheap jobbers, the self-employed and other precariously employed people.” A demand of 17.3 million single-person households was compared to an offer of 5.4 million one- to two-room apartments in 2018.
As described in the “crime scene”, women often slip into homelessness after losing their job. Their situation is exacerbated if they are not in the rental agreement for a shared apartment and they separate from their partner. When women flee domestic violence, they often choose the street for fear of being found by the perpetrator.
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