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Polisse (English Subtitled) 2012 UNRATED

(16) IMDb 7.3/10
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A gripping police drama based on true accounts from the Parisian child protection unit

Karin Viard, Joey Starr
2 hours, 8 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Maïwenn
Starring Karin Viard, Joey Starr
Supporting actors Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Maïwenn, Riccardo Scamarcio, Karole Rocher, Emmanuelle Bercot, Frédéric Pierrot, Arnaud Henriet, Naidra Ayadi, Jérémie Elkaïm, Wladimir Yordanoff, Laurent Bateau, Carole Franck, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Anne Suarez, Sandrine Kiberlain, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Anthony Delon
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating Unrated
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine on September 19, 2012
Format: DVD
Based on real-life cases handled by a specialised squad dealing with the protection of minors in Paris, there's an almost ER-style feel to how Maïwenn directs this French police procedural that at times can be irritating and frustrating, but it's also perhaps necessary to draw together and give structure to the episodic incidents that occur during the period covered in the film. While you might quibble about some of the directorial choices however, in the end you really can't fail to be deeply shocked by the sordid nature of the paedophilia and child-abuse that are raised here, but also impressed by the dedication of the officers who have to deal with the incredible levels of tension and pressure that must come with dealing with these kind of activities on a daily basis. In that respect, Polisse - winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes 2011 - succeeds in its aims, and is guaranteed to make a powerful impression on anyone who views it.

Perhaps the least successful element is the director's own presence in the film. She plays a rich Parisian with influential friends who manage to get her an assignment shadowing the 'brigade de protection de mineurs' as a photographer. On the one hand, it's a necessary device that provides an outside eye view on the complex and delicate issues of law and procedure that come with dealing with these kind of cases, but her personal life, her relationship difficulties and her growing attachment to one of the officers (based on her real-life affair with Joeystarr) also proves to be an unwelcome distraction from the real issues that the film deals with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Noelle Eiram on February 2, 2013
Format: DVD
Maiwenn's excellent police drama Polisse follows the Parisian Child Protection Unit, expertly weaving officers' personal and work lives. Maiwenn plays Melissa, a quiet photographer who is more of a cipher than a fully drawn character, but she serves as the audience's eyes. The force is filled with more dynamic characters, including Joey Starr's passionate Fred, Karin Viard's insecure Nadine, and Marina Fois's bitter Iris.

The workers are dedicated professionals, but that isn't to say they are patient or polite. Often more intimate with their peers than their lovers, they are more reliable parents than spouses. Plagued with alcoholism, depression, and neuroses, there is a sense that our heroes could explode at any time. In fact, many of them do, and their rants about the trials of their job are repetitive but believable. In spite of the numerous storylines, careful editing and naturalistic, sometimes unbearably raw, acting distinguishes the various characters.

This work is neither easy nor cut-and-dried. Suspects range from tearful to unrepentant, and the young victims sometimes don't want to be torn away from their abusers. Relationships between the officers are also intense and complicated, whether they are platonic friendships or romances, repressed or consummated. In spite of the harrowing subject matter, characters often mask their pain as humor, and there are rare moments of relief and pure jubilation.

While some plots are underdeveloped (this would have been a fascinating miniseries), the film manages to follow quite a few stories as well as touch on broader issues such as bureaucracy and cultural clashes. The conclusion is simultaneously inconclusive, heavy-handed, and effective, suggesting that these prickly workers struggle through life and sacrifice themselves for the children. Aided by hand-held camera work, the gripping Polisse feels real.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2013
Format: DVD
I had seen the trailer for this movie at my local indie theatre here in Cincinnati and was eagerly looking forward to this, but then the movie never came (or I simply missed it). The other day I noticed that the movie has come out on DVD so I picked it up right away.

"Polisse" (2011 release from France; 128 min.) brings the story of a group of police men and women who make up the "Child Protection Unit" of the Paris Police. As the movie opens, we see one of them interview a little girl to try and assess if she has been abused by her father. The focus then shifts away from one specific case to another before we find out the ultimate outcome of each. Instead we witness the highs and lows of the CPU in its daily workings, the enormous stress under which they operate and the strain it causes on relationships bith at home and at work. Please note that there is no single overarching crime plot as such (and in that sense there really is nothing to divulge that would make it a plot spoiler).

Several comments: this movie not only stars Maiwenn (as the photographer commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior to follow the CPU) but she also directed and co-wrote the film, and in that sense this movie is a Maiwenn tour-de-force. The movie is paced superbly, with long periods of high tension but making sure things calm down once in a while. And this being a French movie, there is a LOT of talking in the movie. Some of the arguments that play out are at times borderline too intense (as when Iris thinks one of her colleagues is spending too much time on Facebook at her desk, and her colleague gives Iris a piece of her mind back). Not surprisingly this movie was well received upon its release at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival (and was up for a ton of the French Oscars). Bottom line: if you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie, "Polisse" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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