A fascinating film, based on actual transcripts of the interrogation of serial killer Fritz Haarmann. While other directors would have inserted flashbacks to accompany the interrogations with some background, the disciplined and chilling handling of this material by Romuald Karmakar, allows the dialogue and the performances to thrill the audience without any distractions.
Götz George shows a man, that tries to fool everyone that he is only a simpleton, when in fact, his gleeful recollection of the murders, is all the more frightening. You can almost sense the horror of the silent stenographer, when he is left alone for a few moments, with the "Butcher of Hannover".
Jürgen Hentsch has the difficult task, to stand up against the magnetic force, that is Georges act and he is more than capable of it. His portrayal of Ernst Schultze, lends the film a humane dimension, so that you are not lost inside the mind of Haarmann.