• 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.


  • luizsoares

    ★★★½ Watched by luizsoares 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.


  • chrislynch

    ★★★★½ Added by chrislynch

    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…


  • Nick Kline

    ★★ Watched by Nick Kline 04 May, 2015

    Catch Up If I Cannes 2 - Film 9:


    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…


  • Anton Bitel

    Added by Anton Bitel

    First published by Film4

    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,…


  • John

    ★★★★ Watched by John 20 Apr, 2015

    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.


  • robeffo

    Watched by robeffo 22 Feb, 2015

    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.


  • Lewis Holt

    ★★★½ Watched by Lewis Holt 13 Feb, 2015

    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


  • jocelyn

    ★★★★½ Watched by jocelyn 02 Dec, 2014

    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