Baran bo Odar (shown at right) manages to make his points and yet completely avoid the ham fist. As director and adapter of Jan Coster Wagner's original novel, he places any moralizing into that two-word title, letting the story and characters play out in all their strange, sad, warped glory. This leaves us, once again, with that queasy-making feeling that we too often don't really know, not just our helpful, kind neighbors and/or employees but the person with whom we share a bed.
Ulrich Thomsen (two photos above, from In a Better World and Fear Me Not) as at least one of the killers, with Wotan Wilke Möhring (at right, just above) as his accomplice and/or nemesis. Sebastian Blomberg (below) makes a very good dogged investigator, suffering from his own special grief.