Heartbeat Detector | 2008
Simon Kessler is a psychologist working in the Human Resources department of multinational petrochemical corporation SC Farb. His successful role in a recent corporate downsizing proved to SC Farb's managing director Karl Rose that Simon is the perfect candidate to sort out a delicate situation concerning the firm's head-office in Germany. The Germans want a detailed report on SC Farb's CEO Mathias Jüst, who they fear may be falling into a mental state unfit for his role. Mr. Rose wants Simon to secretly investigate Jüst and to determine the state of his "illness." But Jüst has been acutely aware of Simon's toiling for Rose. Jüst challenges Simon with extremely serious, confidential and compromising information about Rose and SC Farb. Following a dubious suicide attempt, Just calls on Simon out of desperation and presents him with three anonymous letters that contain detailed information implicating both Jüst and SC Farb for their allegiance to the Third Reich. When Simon also begins receiving similarly written, anonymous letters, he begins digging deeper into the tangled web before him. The experience begins to take over his mind, his personal life and his sensibility. With the calm assurance that made him such a rigorous technician beginning to falter, Simon follows a clue left in one of the letters that Jüst gave to him and sets off for an impromptu meeting where blackmail, betrayal, murder and the hierarchy of SC Farb's repressed past will all come to light.