by Philip Gröning

HD, color, 175’, 2013

collaboration with Philip Gröning Filmproduktion, Bavaria Film, Bavaria Pictures, 3L Filmproduktion, BR und ZDF/arte, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera

original version: German

subtitles: English

Awards: Premio Speciale della Giuria, Venice Film Festival 2013. Festival Selections: International Competition, Venice Film Festival 2013

A simple film. A man, a woman, a child. A small town. The square apartment. Perfect sundays. The story of a young family. The ceaseless labor of love out of which emerges what is later called the soul of a person. Creating the cradle of love that nurtures the child’s evolving soul. Affection and distance. The father’s career at the local police department and the mother solely devoted to caring for the child. The violence between husband and wife. We watch as this woman sinks and how she does everything she can to save this child’s soul, to keep it intact, to let it grow, to teach the child love. The Police Officer’s wife is a film about the virtue of love, the virtue of curiosity, the virtue of joy. And about the dark within us.