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.
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.
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.
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.
The opening scene perfectly sums up this French drama - a sometimes grim, completely matter-of-fact approach to a child protection unit in the Paris police force. There are horrific scenes (all dialogue, no action), hilarious and heart-breaking moments and a wonderful sense of documentary about the whole thing. Yes, some of it is far-fetched and a little silly but, on the whole, it is a gritty, involving, exceptionally well-performed piece.
Good video quality, that reflected the hand-held documentary style…
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Allow me to be the 100th person to say: wrong medium. Would have had a lot more breathing room as a television show, but oh well.
Intermittently engaging, with some of these episodes carrying more heft than others (the one where a mother has to abandon her child is pretty heartbreaking... and all in all, it's a worthy project, premise wise). After seeing this, I have a greater appreciation for…
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Synopsis: Following Pardonnez-moi and The Actress' Ball, Maïwenn's third feature walks the line between docudrama and melodrama, but is grounded by horror all too human.
Review: "I was scared nobody'd take me seriously," says Melissa, explaining to police officer Fred (rapper Joeystarr) why she has adopted a 'granny look' - fake glasses, severe hairstyle - while on assignment photographing the activities of a Child Protection Unit in Belleville, Paris. Given that Melissa is played by Maïwenn,…
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.
Ho provato a finire di vederlo, ma alla scena della giovane poliziotta magrebina, paladina della giustizia, contro il vecchio musulmano integralista, padre-padrone, ho ceduto.
Non reggo due ore di solfa educativa e luoghi comuni su questa accattivante squadra di polizia, in cui talvolta ci si prende a male parole, però alla fine è come una grande famiglia stile medici di E.R. ma senza bisturi e con pistole e manette.
A really in depth look at child protection. Some scenes were hard to watch being a parent. It definitely makes you think at some of the traumatic cases that happen daily to innocent children. Saddening
ah yes the most iconic film of winter break 2014 thanks to james
note to self: make sure to buy window grills
p.s: gabriel + james = otp
p.s.s- hmu other cute guy
The shopping mall scene aside, this feels like a very genuine, honest, challenging, and well meant film. It tackles a difficult subject matter in a warm way. The rapport shared by the 'team' seems authentic. And it ends on a real surprise. Clearly the work of a highly talented director.