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Philip Gröning builds his would-be magnum opus of domestic unease in fragments. A three-hour running-time, however, means an awful lot of fragments.
There's next to no insight into either character as the film remains strictly in observational mode throughout, while the distancing effect of the recurring chapter headings makes it impossible for the film to obtain any kind of dramatic flow
The Police Officer's Wife is a vital piece of cinema; courageous and gut-wrenching in spite of its errors.
Groening shows us the house; he never lets us inside.
This is a chilling study of domestic abuse.
Maybe creating a study in suffering is the point.
Divided into 59 chapters but feeling more like 590, Gröning's drama is long, staccato and offers little by way of dramatic satisfaction.
More evidence, perhaps, that art cinema needs to come out from the shadow of Michael Haneke.
For a film with so many parts-many of which are terrific on a standalone basis-their sum ends up not amounting to all that much.
It's main problem is that Gröning promises surprises which he then fails to deliver.
Extremely pretentious in its formal demeanor.
The cinematography is at times breathtaking and there is no doubting this director's enormous talent and his use of singing is also very effective.
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