Polisse

Polisse

Polisse ... depicts the activities of the Child Protection Unit in Paris. A photojournalist commissioned to document the work of the day shift witnesses a group of individuals coping with some of the worst crimes against society's most innocent victims. The officers are pushed to the limit often taking their angst out on each other. But the cases they deal with also draw them together into a closely-knit group, to which Melissa becomes inextricably linked. 3.2 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
Polisse

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Certificate
Genre Drama
Director Maïwenn
Cast joey starr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Maïwenn, Karole Rocher, Emmanuelle Bercot, Frédéric Pierrot Karin Viard
Studio Artificial Eye
Release Date June 2012
Running Time 127 mins
 

Polisse ... depicts the activities of the Child Protection Unit in Paris. A photojournalist commissioned to document the work of the day shift witnesses a group of individuals coping with some of the worst crimes against society's most innocent victims. The officers are pushed to the limit often taking their angst out on each other. But the cases they deal with also draw them together into a closely-knit group, to which Melissa becomes inextricably linked.

Reviews

The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

The playing is expert and, as the film progresses, points are made that would be difficult to deny in any country — that cash-strapped social service is a noble but almost impossible career path.

15/06/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

We might have expected hatchet-faced social conscience, so the level of tonal chaos here is fresh and bracing.

14/06/2012

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The Times

Kevin Maher

If you imagine The Wire mixed with Bertrand Tavernier’s shaky-cam cop classic L.627 and topped off with two hours of primal scream therapy then you’re close to the manifold pleasures of Polisse.

15/06/2012

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Total Film

Matt Glasby

Not for the faint-hearted, but it feels like the truth.

13/06/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

A convincing cinéma vérité style account of the working of Paris's equivalent of our child protection unit.

17/06/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Gives a credible account of the procedural work involved in arresting and interviewing suspected paedophiles and pimps, and tells strong domestic stories about the effects of this grim job on the people doing it.

17/06/2012

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

The price of being all-things-to-all-audiences – the way Maïwenn seems to have intended her movie – is that you have to have comedy. And romance. Polisse needed an editor with police chief powers: someone to bang heads together, or frames, with no consideration except the best and tightest job with the best and tautest artistic outcome.

14/06/2012

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Empire Magazine

Patrick Peters

Unsparing in its portrayal of the seedier side of French society, only Polisse's loose focus keeps it from matching The Class for emotional punch.

12/06/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

It's frank about the harrowing crimes they contend with, and the unbearable pressure such crimes place upon them, but that makes its willingness to be funny all the more laudable. The characters squeal with glee when they switch on the siren in their police car, and they fall about laughing when a teenager lists the sexual favours she traded for a mobile phone.

17/06/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A drama with interesting moments, but also some false notes and a wildly bizarre ending ... Much of it feels like ropey TV drama, and there's a group improv workshop feel to the acting, as the performers, thinking themselves into the role of stressed cops, do lots of actory shouting at each other.

14/06/2012

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