Meret Becker as Commissioner Rubin searches for Berlin's worst criminals for 15 episodes. But now it's over: "The girl who goes home alone" is Rubin's last case - and a good time to look back.
Whether seven years is a short or a long time probably has to do with how you see things yourself. For Meret Becker, the past seven years have definitely been quite a long time: "It's longer than my marriage lasted, that's crazy," says the "Tatort" actress in an interview with "spot on news". Or better: the former "Tatort" actress, because the tough investigator's crime career comes to an abrupt and pretty definitive end with "The Girl Who Goes Home Alone".
For 15 episodes, Becker searched for the worst criminals in the capital as Commissioner Rubin alongside her colleague Karow (Mark Waschke). And that in the truest sense of the word, because the cases of the duo often had a particularly gloomy handwriting, which should take the Moloch Berlin into account. That didn't work particularly well at the beginning: "The two anti-heroes have a lot of narrative potential, but at least in the first episode they are just as exaggerated as the rest of the film," we judged the opening film "Das Muli" in March 2015 and suspected evil.
Fortunately, Karow and Rubin soon settled in: the relationship between the two characters could not be called "harmonious" until the end, but the actors clearly worked well together. And even if Becker is now looking forward to a bit of rest from everyday crime: With pearls like the "Inception" homage "Meta", which won the Grimme Special Prize 2019, a few cases of the two very different investigators remain in the picture collective memory.
In her last case, Commissioner Rubin then summed it up in several places: "My two boys cut their cords long ago, they live with my husband. I've lost the compass, I don't have hope, I have no talent for happiness. I long me only afterwards."
Despite, or perhaps because of, all the strokes of fate that the inspector has been made to face in recent years: Meret Becker managed to give her character, who sometimes seemed hopelessly lost, a zest for life that fascinates. And whatever Becker has planned for the next seven years: This quality should take her far beyond the "Tatort" universe.