Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Drawing favorable comparisons to Alfred Hitchcock upon inital release in its native Germany despite having been originally made-for-television, director Christian Petzold's sophomore effort concerns a middle-aged lawyer whose tentative romance sets the stage for an elaborate con. Attracted to Leyla (Nina Hoss) after a chance encounter at a public pool, lawyer Thomas (Andre Hennicke) soon works up the courage to ask out the comely blonde who, much to his surprise, accepts. Though their first date seems headed downhill when she arrives late at the restaurant just before closing time, the couple make the best of things by heading to Thomas' place for pizza and a few drinks - shortly after which finds Leyla falling asleep on Thomas' couch. Awakening to find both Leyla and his laptop missing, Thomas begins a frantic search for both the woman and the vital case files now in her possession. When Thomas' investigation begins to hint at an elaborage scam, he tracks Leyla as she begins to size up her next target; a factory worker and former client of Thomas'.