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THE POLICE OFFICER’S WIFE

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Philip Groening

ORIGINAL TITLE

DIE FRAU DES POLIZISTEN

2013 || Germany || 175 mins || 35mm || Color || in German || Feature

WORLD SALES

The Match Factory

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

Venice 2013 – Competition
Venice 2013 – Winner – Special Jury Prize

SYNOPSIS

A young couple lead a modest provincial existence with their small daughter. The husband is a policeman, a common middle-class civil servant. The wife stays at home and cares for their little girl, an alert and curious child, always looking up inquisitively at her mother. 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…

An unconventional film about domestic violence from the director of the acclaimed INTO GREAT SILENCE (DIE GROSSE STILLE).

CAST

Alexandra Finder
David Zimmerschied

PRESS QUOTES

Philip Groning’s first film since his award-winning Into The Great Silence (2005) - and a possible contender for the Golden Lion - The Police Officer’s Wife (Die Frau des Polizisten) will no doubt generate some enthusiastic reviews, frequent mentions of Haneke’s spirit hovering over it and debate on every shot and every reference around and it will most likely to be a favorite of festivals and their juries… Groning’s cinematography (he is his own cameraman) is nothing short of superb, meticulous both in the choice of frames and of lighting, a perfect means of conveying moods and emotional climates… At almost three hours running time there is an abundance of details to dissect, with even the absence of music likely to draw much applause… Groning does his best to not to point out evident culprits. Just as there is a dark pool of violence uncontrollably exploding in Uwe, there is an equally dark spot in Christine who does nothing to stop it. The script intentionally refrains from any psychological or social attempt to explain any of this, it just records the tragedy as it is, another one of the nature’s mysteries often mentioned in the picture.

— Dan Fainaru, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

 

Not to be missed… A very long film, initially difficult, but with the power to grab quickly like a spider’s web… Very good performances…

— Natalia Aspesi, LA REPUBBLICA (Italy)

 

Interesting, not to be missed… An act of faith of cinema (as the director already accomplished in the acclaimed INTO GREAT SILENCE), hoping that the images speak for themselves to the audience…

— Paolo Mereghetti, CORRIERE DELLA SERA (Italy)