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Polisse (2012)



Critic Consensus: Polisse is a gripping and powerful procedural drama filled with fine acting and unflinching eye for truth and brutality.

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Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for 13 César Awards, Polisse follows the daily lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. Basing her richly textured script on real child investigation cases, writer-director actor Maïwenn has gathered an accomplished ensemble cast of French actors who convey the emotional strain of the unit's work with gritty realism. They not only deal with the stress of their jobs but the inevitable fall-out in their personal lives-breakdowns, divorce and adulterous relations within the force. In between, there are frequent flashes of humor as the team attempts to diffuse daily realities. As the cases,confessions and interrogations pile up, the squad members have only each other as support as they face an uphill battle against both criminals and bureaucracy. -- (C) IFC

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as Melissa
Sandrine Kiberlain
as Mme de la Faublaise
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
as M. de la Faublaise
Audrey Lamy
as Disgraced Mother
Sophie Cattani
as Drug-addicted Mother
Martial Di Fonzo Bo
as P.E. Teacher
Lou Doillon
as Sister Melissa
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Critic Reviews for Polisse

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (31)

[O]ne of the best based-on-facts police pictures.

August 8, 2012 | Full Review…

Whatever you think of it, you won't be neutral.

June 28, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

"Polisse" draws us uncomfortably close to a taboo subject then rewards us with real nourishment.

June 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A drama with interesting moments, but also some false notes and a wildly bizarre ending.

June 14, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

So amorphous, volatile and multi-plotted it could be a rough cut.

June 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's restless and compelling, ragged and moving.

June 14, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Polisse

Investing in a documentary tone with a handheld camera, this realistic drama depicts the everyday life of the policemen/women in the division of crimes against children in Paris, and is a fascinating collection of situations that show their work and the relationship between them.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Whenever something bad happens to a child in Paris, the Child Protection Unit is called in to investigate. These are their stories. (Sorry. Couldn't resist.) With the exception of a couple of music video like sequences, "Polisse" attempts to use a documentary like realism in a story that is framed by Melissa(Maiwenn, who also directed, and not at all well), a photographer, being assigned to follow the unit. Sadly, the movie is something of a mess with too many characters to adequately keep track of in showing how the frustrations of the job get to the detectives with too much emphasis away from the job. That and the movie's idea of high drama being yelling and screaming lead to only one case that truly resonates. And that's not to mention one huge cliche that had been dynamited to bits fifty years ago and one truly WTF ending.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

'Polisse'. Unflinching and raw in capturing the intimacy, camaraderie and harrowing nature of a Child Protection Unit's daily lives.


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