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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A powerful portrayal of domestic violence, which focuses mainly on what is absent from the eye. Gröning's new film is maddening and unforgettable. More about it on my website: http://tinyurl.com/np77w7l
Intelligent film with something to say about a marriage deteriorating into abuse & an environment that supports that. However, the pacing is infuriatingly protracted: trivial events are dragged out in near-real time as we're counted through endless stop-start chapters charting the unravelling relationship. By the denouement I had long stopped caring about the protagonists & wished the whole thing was over