Tattoo (2002 film)
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|Directed by||Robert Schwentke|
|Written by||Robert Schwentke|
|Edited by||Peter Przygodda|
|Music by||Martin Todsharow|
|Distributed by||American Vitagraph|
|4 April 2002|
Tattoo is a 2002 German film written and directed by Robert Schwentke.
Marc Schrader, a rookie cop caught red-handed with drugs in a police raid of an illegal rave, joins a homicide investigation conducted by Chief Inspector Minks. The victim is a naked young woman with the skin stripped off her back, killed as she staggered into traffic.
As Schrader and Minks investigate the murder, the case is complicated by a finger found in the stomach of the victim. Forensic examination proves the finger belongs to Nobert Günzel, who was previously convicted of rape and assault. The police raid Günzel’s residence, and discover a blood-stained table with restraints and bits of human flesh in his basement. They also find video equipment and preserved, tattooed skin from the victim’s back. Soon, they find dead bodies buried in the garden. Günzel then goes missing.
As the complex investigation progresses, Schrader discovers Mink has a personal stake in the investigation; he wants to find the missing daughter of an old friend. He realizes later that the missing girl is actually Mink’s runaway daughter. As the body count rises, the duo has to come to terms with their inner demons, and the truth is much darker than it seems.
The plot resembles the Roald Dahl short story "Skin."
- Christian Redl - Chief Inspector Minks
- August Diehl - Marc Schrader
- Nadeshda Brennicke - Maya Kroner
- Johan Leysen - Frank Schoubya
- Fatih Cevikkollu - Dix
- Monica Bleibtreu - Kommissarin Roth
- Ilknur Bahadir - Meltem
- Joe Bausch - Günzel
- Florian Panzner - Poscher
- Jasmin Schwiers - Marie Minks
- ^ "While the subject of people being murdered for their tattoos is not new (Roald Dahl's short-story "Skin" covers the same ground), the film's plot is gripping and effectively told." review, cf. Roald Dahl's "Skin"
- 2002 films
- 2000s German-language films
- Films set in Berlin
- 2000s crime thriller films
- German crime thriller films
- German neo-noir films
- German serial killer films
- Films about tattooing
- Films directed by Robert Schwentke
- Films scored by Martin Todsharow
- Films shot in Cologne
- 2002 directorial debut films
- 2000s German films
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