It's difficult to be original when it comes to the crime thriller. It's all been done before. Of course, there are the Stieg Larrson novels (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.), Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, and Netflix's The Man From Reno, but these are the rare exceptions in a genre full of well-worn formulas. So when I tuned in to ZDF's telefilm, Die Kronzeugin - Mord in den Bergen (Key Witness - Murder in the Mountains), I wasn't expecting much. Boy, was I surprised!
Die Kronzeugin is one of those rare films that's like a Chinese puzzle that blurs the line between truth and lies, and fact and fiction. This taunt emotional film is full of suspense, surprise, and originality. It doesn't play down to its audience or rely on gimmicky special effects. Available online for a limited time on ZDF and Youtube. In German.