Lives dangerously: Azra (Mariam Hage), who works as an informant for the police, here with Inspector Moritz Eisner (Harald Krassnitzer). Photo: ORF ORF ©
Azra, an informant who is supposed to provide information about a mafia clan, is the focus of the "Tatort" crime thriller of the same name from Vienna. Mariam Hage plays her convincingly in the new case for Moritz Eisner (Harald Krassnitzer) and Bibi Fellner (Adele Neuhauser), who is exciting until the very last second.
Only the third shot is fatal. The brother of Beka Datviani (Lasha Bakradze), the boss of the Georgian Datviani clan, is shot. Although the inscrutable mafia boss assures his cooperation in the investigation, nothing can be found out of the clan members. There are many indications of a murder in the mafia milieu. Nevertheless, Sarah Wassermair, author of the new Viennese "Tatort" entitled "Azra", leaves detectives Moritz Eisner (Harald Krassnitzer) and Bibi Fellner (Adele Neuhauser) in the dark for a long time.
The longed-for turnaround seems to bring Azra (Mariam Hage). An informant who works for the Datviani clan as an informant for the police. Mariam Hage as Azra is cheeky and unapproachable, playing her role convincingly. As a bouncer, she even becomes disrespectful to Eisner: "Look, boy, you're doing your job and I'm doing mine." – "Did she boy you?" The young woman is sure that Beka Datviani murdered his brother himself. Evidence for this is lacking, but in the absence of another clue – and because their conventional methods are not successful – Eisner and Fellner have no choice but to believe them.
During a risky action, which is told as a flashback from Eisner's point of view, contact with Azra is suddenly broken. Director Dominik Hartl leaves the audience in the dark for a long time. Is Azra injured? Is she dead? You don't know. And that almost drives you crazy as a viewer, as you somehow take Azra to your heart despite her aloofness. But then the tide turns.
The "crime scene" starts leisurely, but then picks up more and more speed. Director Hartl keeps the tension high until the very last second. Even when the case seems to have already been solved and the perpetrator is behind bars.