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Polisse Dir. Maïwenn

  • France
  • 127 mins
  • 2011
  • Crime | Drama
  • Colour
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Main Cast: Karin Viard, Joey Starr, Marina Foïs 

Polisse_ charts the daily grind for the cops of the Paris Police Department’s Juvenile Protection Unit. Their activities range from taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets and chewing over relationship issues at lunch to interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children and confronting the excesses of teen sexuality. Knowing the worst exists and living with it, how do these cops balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day?

A huge hit when released in 2011, and winner of the Cannes Jury Prize, Polisse presents a powerhouse of emotional jolts, freewheeling comedy and socially-minded storytelling, packed with raw energy and visceral performances from an accomplished cast. Director, Maïwenn presents an engrossing network of stories that benefit from the impressive work of nearly a dozen talented French actors – almost like a whole season of The Wire packed into a single two-hour film.

Polisse covers much ground, it convincingly jumps from laughter to tears and back again, never losing sight of the brutal realities at its core.

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