In this tightly stylised film, a policeman, probably frustrated by his unsatisfactory work in a small town, can no longer contain his aggression towards his wife, who spends her days at home with their four-year-old daughter. German director Philip Gröning, best known for his long monastery documentary Into Great Silence (2005), won the Special Prize in Venice with it.
Framed with precision, the cop’s everyday life is observed calmly and without music. These realistic scenes are combined with an uncertain chronology and unexpected moments of fantasy and visual explosions. For instance, all of the family members sing a song straight into the camera and a bathtub suddenly turns out to be improbably large. The whole is captured in 59 chapters, of which the start and finish keep appearing on title cards. In some, the leading role is played by an elderly unidentified man, or animals like a fox, hare or squirrel.


International title
Police Officer's Wife
Filmmaker
Philip Gröning
Country
Germany
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
175’
Language
German
Producer
Philip Gröning, Philipp Kreuzer, Werner Wirsing
Production Company
Philip Gröning Filmproduktion, Bavaria Film International, 3L Filmproduktion, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Writer
Philip Gröning, Carola Diekmann
Cinematography
Philip Gröning
Editor
Philip Gröning, Hannes Bruun
Production Design
Petra Barchi, Petra Klimek, Adan Hernandez
Sound Design
Fabian Schmidt
Cast
Alexandra Finder, David Zimmerschied
Website
http://groening-film.de