• Jon_Kissel

    ★★★★ Watched by Jon_Kissel 27 Oct, 2015

    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…


  • JanoX

    ★★★★½ Added by JanoX

    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…


  • Lennart Schoors

    ★★★★ Watched by Lennart Schoors 28 Oct, 2015

    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.


  • J. J. Wright

    ★★★½ Watched by J. J. Wright 26 Oct, 2015

    Harrowing and real, with nearly every scene impeccably staged and directed to highlight the pressure cooker of the Child Protection Unit and the havoc working there wreaks on the officers' lives. It is more than a little scattered and messy, and this alternately helps and harms in that it keeps us focused on the milieu rather than any individual case, but also causes us to get less absorbed by any one of the unit members' stories. It's sheer shoutyness might put some off, or ring as false, but it all seemed of a piece to me with the heightened environment and largely naturalistic, documentary-like shooting style.


  • kylegarvey

    Added by kylegarvey

    Child Protection Unit in the Parisian police. A totally super-serious -- at first not idealist, but soon enough super-idealist! -- thing about cops protecting kids. And protect they do, in a wholly imperfect but very wounded-human way. Kind of a French Law & Order: SVU, if there were time enough for little flourishes of unnecessary indie pretension in addition to the usual lowly acting and overwrought fussing and unlikable wastes. (The Wire had little of that, fyi, and that's what made…


  • nicolas1810

    ★★★★ Watched by nicolas1810 16 Oct, 2015

    Η καθημερινότητα του τμήματος προστασίας ανηλίκων της αστυνομίας του Παρισιού,μέσα από τις υποθέσεις που αναλαμβάνει και των σχέσεων μεταξύ των ανθρώπων του, που- όχι άδικα- επηρεάζονται από αυτές, καθώς οι περισσότερες είναι ιδιαιτέρως δυσκολοχώνευτες.Λιγότερο βαριά ταινία από αυτό που θα περίμενε κάποιος λόγω θέματος,μιας και έχει αρκετό χιούμορ χωρίς όμως αυτό να σημαίνει πως παίρνει ελαφρά το σοβαρότατο θέμα της.Καταφέρνει μάλιστα να μην καταφεύγει σε φθηνούς μελοδραματισμούς (εκτός ίσως από μια φόρα) και να αναπτύξει επαρκώς ένα σωρό χαρακτήρες από το πολυπρόσωπο καστ.Εξαίρετοι όλοι οι ηθοποιοί με καλύτερη όλων την Marina Fois στο ρόλο της αστυνομικίνας που δεν δείχνει να μασάει τα λόγια της.


  • russman

    ★★½ Watched by russman 11 Oct, 2015

    Red days on the calendar are my favorite


  • Rolf

    Watched by Rolf 18 Jul, 2015

    A glimpse at the work of French CPU (Child Protection Unit)...
    There is so much wrong with this movie. First of all you've got a narcissistic director (who is to cool for even having a family name) who cannot help but has to star in her own movie in a totally redundant role playing fly on the wall and should be the audiences eye but instead becomes a major love interest. That's where the next problem starts: the portrayal of…


  • Quan_Chi

    ★★★½ Watched by Quan_Chi 31 May, 2015

    Verrrry heavy-handed, overwrought, exaggerated. But those qualities also mean this film really lets it's actors act, bubbling over with intense performances and emotional outbursts, most of the time apropos of seemingly harmless confrontations. Half the time I was rolling my eyes and half the time I was completely entranced. A complicated but promising type of film from director/actor Maiwenn that has me looking forward to seeing her film Mon Roi that debuted at Cannes earlier this month.


  • Luiz

    ★★★½ Watched by Luiz 24 May, 2015

    It's not exactly as realistic as it wants to be since it tends to stimulate overracting from its performers quite frequently in ways that not always resonate very well. As the film has this fragmented structure where it can quickly create a climatic sequence whenever it wants, the drama can sometimes feel unearned, though fortunately Maiwenn is smart enough to sprinkle some welcomed light moments throughout the movie. Overall, though, the performances are fantastic and the movie can pack a good gut punch from time to time, which's enough to be worth the watch.


  • walterporto

    ★★★★½ Watched by walterporto 20 May, 2015

    Uma espécie de The Wire francês (e não consigo pensar num elogio maior). Delineamento de múltiplos personagens, realismo chocante e engajamento imediato no enredo, de maneira pouco vista no cinema atual.


  • Potemkin78

    ★★★ Watched by Potemkin78 18 May, 2015

    An interesting premise that gets a little too involved for its own good; the characters are not always likable and are not always presented in a compelling fashion.

    While unsympathetic characters are fine, the film is not particularly sure what it wants us to think about these characters generally, but ambiguity doesn't seem to be the point. It ends with a particularly strange sequence and its gender politics are awkward.

    That said, the stories are fascinating at times, and the camera work is solid.

    One last note: the subtitles are incredibly difficult to follow at times, which is very much a problem.