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Jury Prize Cannes Film Fest
"Gripping... illuminates French society with a toughness and fidelity that few other recent movies have dared" -New York Times
"The film is shot with vérité immediacy and beautifully acted by an outstanding ensemble...the movie as a whole gets under your skin, and the central characters resonate long after the screen goes dark" -Los Angeles Times
"A reminder of how thrilling it can be to watch an interesting filmmaker take apart a genre from the bottom up" -Filmmaker Magazine
"Astonishing... what makes it such a singular experience is the convergence of fine acting, moral urgency and a willingness to linger on moments of great intensity" -Wall Street Journal
"It's as if she's taken one of [Frederick Wiseman's] documentaries about systems and their discontents and added Sidney Lumet's grit, naturalism, and fireworks" -Boston Globe
"The world the director depicts may be perversely fascinating, but she offers it more in the spirit of enlightenment than entertainment" -NPR
Winner of two César Awardsand nominated for 12 others
Polisse is a powerful ensemble piece about the Child Protection Unit of the Paris police department. Basing her richly detailed screenplay on real child investigation cases, co-writer/director/co-star Maïwenn (All About Actresses, Forgive Me) has gathered an accomplished ensemble cast of French actors (including Karin Viard, Marina Foïs, co-writer Emmanuelle Bercot, Nicolas Duvauchelle, and rapper-turned-actor Joeystarr) who convey the emotional strain of the unit's work with gritty realism.
Using handheld camerawork and naturalistic cinematography, Polisse ambitiously swings between the harrowing and often moving experience of dealing with issues of child abuse and neglect as well as the often funny and competitive world of the officers themselves who constantly jockey for promotions and recognition. As the cases, confessions and interrogations pile up, the squad members have only each other as support as they face an uphill battle against both criminals and bureaucracy.
Polisse is an unexpectedly moving experience, a film that describes the detail of everyday police work with the energy of a thriller.
Directed by Maïwenn, France, 2011, 35mm, 127 mins. In French, Italian, Romanian, and Arabic with English subtitles.