Police is a classic film which could only really be made in France, with it's brutal, realistic, and often antagonising interviews, you cannot really say you've seen this before in cinema. Gérard Depardieu plays this maverick cop who thinks he's a tough guy - he doesn't have time for people who play him for a fool, so when he meets Noria (Sophie Marceau) - he becomes a bit softer, but he still wants help with a cartel of Tunisian dealers muscling in on Paris. He does everything he can to get them, but really he's the one who's been got; he falls in love with Noria, and nothing seems to matter to him.
This is a brutal-no-holds-barred take on policing in the 80s with corrupt cops who'll do anything to secure a conviction, and shows the stark realities of interrogations in police stations back then. Depardieu often reminding me of Philippe Noiret's rendition a year earlier in Les Ripoux (which never seem to have made it in the UK, though it's a fantastic film I highly recommend watching if you liked this) - the typical stereotype of a cop in Paris is so prevalent. Sophie Marceau as a drug dealer's bit on the side was compelling too, and she was exceptionally good at her role - the quiet women who knew a lot - and wasn't about to help him, but she wanted to be with him.
This film was really quite avant garde, and it really rewards the patient amongst you, but it's a compelling story and is worth watching.
This DVD, a "masters of cinema" release is fantastic, they have done an excellent job of remastering the picture and the sound is wonderful, though there was little music in the film, when it does come in it's very good and clear. Sometimes the dialogue is quiet, but it's mainly because Depardieu and Marceau are speaking quietly, but otherwise it's well balanced.
The extras are wroth it too, you get a 15 minute interview with writer Catherine Breillat, who mainly wrote the female side of the movie; Virginie Apiou's 34 minute look at the making of Police; but the best thing is all the interviews with Maurice about the movie, and the booklet with an essay on the movie. We were really being spoilt with this release, and it's paid off nicely.
Worth getting - it's a classic!