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The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department's Juvenile Protection Unit - taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets, interrogating abusive parents, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments. Knowing the worst exists and living with it. How do these cops balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day? Fred, the group's hypersensitive wild card, is going to have a hard time facing the scrutiny of Melissa, a photographer on a Ministry of the Interior assignment to document the unit.
Even if I must accept that the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival has some bias in favor of French films, even if I must highlight that there were more artistically uncommon and engaging deliveries around the world in 2011, I must also accept that I cannot complain for the Jury's choice in 2011 like I somewhat can for their decision three years before with Entre les Murs.
Based on alarming real-life cases reported by the Parisian CPU (Child Protection Unit), the movie is a complete expectations surpasser. With a realism so striking that it almost becomes tangible to the viewer, Polisse assembles a cast of actresses and actors so good at their profession that the overall result is extraordinary…
Based on real cases, POLISSE follows the actions and experiences of members of the Child Protection Unit in the Parisian police force. Awarded the 'Jury Prize' at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, POLISSE merges documentary-like realism with a fragmented narrative akin to an art-house sensibility.
Instead of being a case by case procedural, the film purposely thwarts our knowledge of the children who fall victim to abuse or the conclusive guilt of the accused adults. Instead, the film breathlessly shifts the focus onto the members of the 'CPU' and spreads a broad canvass to give us glimpses into their lives on and off the job. Perhaps unsurprisingly due to the difficult job they do, we witness the camaraderie and commitment…
A heavy-hitting French drama based on the real life cases of the Child Protection Unit (CPU), we follow half a dozen cases and the lives of the police men and women who work in the department. Written and Directed by Maïwenn (who also plays a significant role in the film as a photographer attached to the unit), Polisse does a fine job of balancing and distinguishing the diverse characters from the onset.
Some of the cases are disturbing, others sad, but what makes this film so insightful is about the psychological reactions of the people who have to work these cases day in and day out.
This is gritty drama with real world poignancy done right. Perhaps it is just the presence of the photographer which makes me draw a parallel but this feels like the Generation Kill of the CPU, and equally as a good.
Whenever anything is compared to The Wire my ears instantly prick up. It’s been 3 long years since David Simons Greatest TV programme ever madeÔ came to it’s conclusion and it’s left an unfulfilled gap in my viewing habits ever since. So it was with great expectations I went to see Maiween’s Polisse. The film is a portrait of life in the CPU (child protection unit) of the Paris police department. It interweaves the case work and personal lives of the men and women of the unit and the outsider perspective of Melissa (played by Maiwenn herself) a photographer commissioned to make a book about the work of these police officers.
It isn’t all miserabilist melodrama; the script has plenty…
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Featuring stories from real CPU case files, Polisse is a fascinating look at those who live their lives working to protect children. You care about these people and you root for them. When they celebrate, you want to celebrate and when they cry, you want to cry.
You sometimes forget the actors were just acting --- in a gripping blur of cases of pedophilia, child trafficking, and the everyday taxing work of these few dedicated individuals of a child-protection unit. Heartbreaking and moving.
Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ.
This is a cinematic gem.
Jesus fucking christ.
This drama follows members of the French Child Protection Unit working on real cases and the impact those children stories have on their lives. It's trashy: rapes, sexual and physical abuse, starvation, forced marriages, forced labor...There's a contrast between the strength of the characters at work and the struggles they face in private (alcoholism, anorexia, unhappy marriage, divorce) which makes them even more human. This film can't leave you indifferent.
Através do ótimo trabalho do elenco, direção e montagem; Polisse é ágil, realista e espinhosa sem ser piegas. Porém, a longa duração e o excesso de tramas paralelas prejudicam bastante seu ritmo. O final e a cena do celular são geniais.
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did she kill herself for the drama?
and boring in parts
but then it got reall good in parts
A little bit too melodramatic for my taste.
Tonally, a total mess. Vignettes veer from comedy to melodrama to kitchen sink drama to after-school-special and back again. The end is a baffling--yet gorgeously shot--moment that is completely unearned since no character is developed enough to make the beats really land. Would make a gripping television show, but, I think CSI has that covered.
I discovered Maiwenn with her latest film MON ROI, which I raved about a couple of months back. The relentless spirit of that film exhausted me in a way only brutally honest films can and POLISSE is no exception.
Based on real cases of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) in Paris, it paints a portrait of the human condition with as many aggressive wallops as delicate brushstrokes.
Bello e toccante
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