German drama “Seeds of Doubt” skirts rote, telepic woman-in-peril terrain in its tale of a household disrupted when a man becomes a terrorist suspect, and his wife wonders if he isn’t indeed hiding something awful from her. Unoriginal but well-handled by both helmer Samir Nasr and scenarist Florian Hanig, pic recalls narratives as far back as “The Lost Honor of Katrina Blum” and Hitchcock’s “Suspicion.” Smooth execution and subject’s relevance should make it a viable commodity for offshore tube sales.
Hamburg advertising exec Maya (Silke Bodenbender) has a near-perfect life with Albanian spouse Tariq (Mehdi Nebbou) and their young son. But her boss’s racial insensitivity prompts a rash dinner-party comment that gets Tariq reported to Federal Police. Soon agents are questioning the couple, creating difficulties for them at work, fomenting gossip that even reaches little Karim (Mahmoud Alame) on the playground. Stressed Tariq is then accused of stealing a dangerous germ culture from the lab where he’s a top researcher. His subsequent secretive, hostile behavior makes even Maya fearful. Story depends too heavily on contrivance and misunderstanding to maintain suspense, but it’s all ably played and mounted.