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The Police Officer’s Wife

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.

  • 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.

  • [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.