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3.4
84 Ratings

The Police Officer's Wife

Die Frau des Polizisten

Directed by Philip Gröning
Germany, 2013
Drama

Synopsis

A young couple lead a modest provincial existence with their small daughter. This beautiful, seemingly ordinary family live a frugal life of simple joys. It is also a life of increasing violence measured by the dark bruises of the police officer’s wife.

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The Police Officer's Wife Directed by Philip Gröning

Critics reviews

[The film,] for all the unease and disquiet it provokes, is a remarkable achievement: a darkly cruel antipode to Gröning’s lightly festive 2005 documentary about monastery life, Into Great Silence… for all the unease and disquiet it provokes, is a remarkable achievement: a darkly cruel antipode to Gröning’s lightly festive 2005 documentary about monastery life, Into Great Silence.
November 12, 2013
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Perhaps aiming to evoke the ruptured fabric of the small family unit on which the film focuses, but achieving only a frustratingly distancing effect, Gröning employs a self-consciously fragmented structure… in the glum The Police Officer’s Wife, we’re at the mercy of a director set on telling us precisely nothing new in the most laborious and distancing manner possible.
September 07, 2013
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Much of Gröning’s technique is formidable, and though it’s sorely overused, he does have quite a way with an evocative, delicate focus pull. He nicely blends together the pastel shades of the couple’s tasteful interior décor with extreme close-up shots of their mottled skin during an embrace. He also beautifully captures the strange, impersonal architecture of their cavernous redbrick townhouse which eventually becomes the fourth key cast member.
August 30, 2013
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