Polisse

Polisse

Polisse

Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, a hard-hitting police drama based on real-life cases handled by the Paris Child Protection Unit. Multiple storylines follow the lives of officers struggling to confront the ugly realities of their work – child abuse, pedophiles, abusive parents – while balancing working relationships and private lives. Directed and co-written by French actress and filmmaker Maïwenn.

Jury Prize (Best Film) winner at Cannes Film Festival 2011.
2011Rating: MA15+122 minsFranceFrench, Italian, Romanian and Arabic with English subtitles
Drama

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Polisse / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Maiwenn coaxes terrific, naturalistic perfs from her ensemble without eschewing the extreme emotional highs and lows that could have led to more caricatured turns.

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Total Film

Total Film

Based on genuine cases, the film reveals its horrors in a matter-of-fact manner, taking care to show the characters grasping every chance for laughter - however inappropriate - amid the grimness.

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Time Out

Time Out

Polisse builds to one of the most hilariously misguided climaxes ever conceived; let's just say that this soapy symphony of squalor literally doesn't stick the landing.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The messiness of the film seems appropriate to its subject, which is the attempt to bring at least a measure of order - and even a touch of grace - to a chaotic and frequently ugly reality.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The film's director and co-writer is Maiwenn, an actress and now third-time filmmaker, who is accomplished at following several story lines and weaving them together.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Inspired by a documentary, the film is shot with vérité immediacy and beautifully acted by an outstanding ensemble.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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. It's still a worthy companion piece to TV police procedurals like Spiral.

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