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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 and chewing over relationship issues at lunch; interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, 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…
Red days on the calendar are my favorite
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.
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.
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Polisse è ben fatto e dotato di un certo coraggio nel trattare la pedofila. Forse però ha scambiato la neutralità per freddezza stilistica.
An incredibly realistic and intense look at the Brigade de Protection des Mineurs (BPM), the French police department that deals with minors. Director Maïwenn casts herself in the role of a photographer who is assigned to portray the BPM and their working methods, lending a meta-layer to the narrative. There is a lot of drama and some really tense situations where paedophiles are confronted with their crimes, sometimes unaware that what they did was wrong. The continuous tension has its effect on the group, bringing some of them together while driving others apart, while arguments mount and each police officer has his or her own domestic and personal troubles. This is a film that leaves you emotionally drained, as there…
The autobiographical French film Polisse is a season's worth of Law and Order: SVU storylines packed into 127 minutes. Director Maiwenn spent a period of time with Paris's Child Protection Unit, observing their cases and their camaraderie, and then made a film about her experiences. In her film, she even plays a photographer assigned to document the unit's work. That direct link between actual events and the film lends an intense you-are-there feeling to the proceedings. The breadth of humanity on display runs the gamut from unthinkably cruel to selflessly empathetic. In traditional genre fashion, the film splits time between the personal lives of the detectives and the crimes they investigate. This does result in a fair share of genre…
Personally, I had a few doubts on my mind when I watched the first trailer.
The fact that this film then touched me the way I was rarely touched by a film really was astonishing. The day-to-day routine of child protecting authorities is as grotesque and real as it is portrayed in the film - its authencity is so frightening, it almost reaches an unbearable point. Joey Starr and Frédéric Pierrot play important and solid roles in a screenplay that never seems artifical nor dramatised. Some relationships are explained a whisker too quickly (Maiwenn - Joey Starr, Nadine - Iris), but that is not doing the film any bad - particularly because of its huge ending. What an chef d'oeuvre! What an audiovisual masterpiece. Compliments to the chef, in this case Maiwenn.
Sidenote: The German DVD came with NO subtitles - that is a fricking shame for any OV enthusiast.
Gritty, nuanced and layered look at child abuse, but more importantly, how cops cope with it, and deal with problems in their own lives rather childishly sometimes. A collage with a very realistic, unscripted feel – which is why the final scene, where that feeling is broken, felt rather jarring and unnecessary. Great music too.
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