Anatomy of Evil (Spuren des Bösen)
Heino Ferch (“Downfall”) stars as the police psychologist Richard Brock in this Austrian film noir series. Brock is a loner, blaming himself for the suicide of his wife and trying to reconnect with his daughter, newly graduated from the Vienna police academy. The only constants in his life are his housekeeper, Mrs. Anni and his friend Klaus Tauber, owner of the coffee house where he eats his meals.
The storylines, settings and characters, the slow pace, minimalist music and drably-colored wardrobes, right down to Brock’s grey overcoat make tangible the shadow aspect of human nature. Rather than being depressing, this character-driven, psychodrama/mystery film series is emotionally and psychologically haunting.
Anatomy of Evil is a production of Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), and Josef Aichholzer Filmproduktion (AIFilm), as well as ARTE.