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The Police Officer's Wife Review

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From the outside, policeman Uwe (Zimmerschied) and his wife Christine (Finder) seem to be a model couple, with their young daughter and veneer of domestic bliss, but Christine's bruises hint at a darker side to their relationship.

★★★★★

A potentially chilly study of domestic abuse is undermined by a structural fussiness that precludes dramatic flow. Furthermore, by imposing detached objectivity, Philip Gröning eschews any rationale for the violence or the victim’s docility.

Divided into 59 chapters but feeling more like 590, Gröning's drama is long, staccato and offers little by way of dramatic satisfaction.