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  • Actors: Karin Viard, Marina Foïs, Nicholas Duvauchelle, Karole Rocher
  • Directors: Maiwenn
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00883702W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,555 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Maïwenn spent time with the Child Protection Unit in Paris before co-writing, directing and starring in this multi-faceted portrait of the department. She plays a photographer assigned to record the workings of the unit s day shift, following the officers as they deal with each case many of which are based on actual incidents and the impact the job has on their personal lives. The resulting tapestry of working life will appeal to fans of The Wire and Spiral. Starring Karen Viard (Potiche), Joey Starr (22 Bullets), Nicholas Duvauchelle (Braquo), Arnaud Henriet (Mesrine) French with English subtitles.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Based on real-life cases handled by a specialised squad dealing with the protection of minors in Paris, there's an almost ER-style feel to how Maïwenn directs this French police procedural that at times can be irritating and frustrating, but it's also perhaps necessary to draw together and give structure to the episodic incidents that occur during the period covered in the film. While you might quibble about some of the directorial choices however, in the end you really can't fail to be deeply shocked by the sordid nature of the paedophilia and child-abuse cases that are raised here, but also impressed by the dedication of the officers who have to deal with the incredible levels of tension and pressure that must come with dealing with these kind of activities on a daily basis. In that respect, Polisse - winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes 2011 - succeeds in its aims, and is guaranteed to make a powerful impression on anyone who views it.

Perhaps the least successful element is the director's own presence in the film. She plays a rich Parisian with influential friends who manage to get her an assignment shadowing the 'brigade de protection de mineurs' as a photographer. On the one hand, it's a necessary device that provides an outside eye view on the complex and delicate issues of law and procedure that come with dealing with these kind of cases, but her personal life, her relationship difficulties and her growing attachment to one of the officers (based on her real-life affair with Joeystarr) also proves to be an unwelcome distraction from the real issues that the film deals with.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 July 2013
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Although this film won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2011 and stars a number of outstanding actors I have liked in other films - Karin Viard, Jeremie Elkaim and Nicolas Duvauchelle, as well as Emmanuelle Bercot who co-wrote it with director Maiwenn - I found the whole thing a bit overwrought. Put simply, the characters in the Parisian Child Protection Unit the film portrays seem to spend most of their time yelling and getting hysterical, which in the end becomes quite tedious. When they weren't doing this they seemed to be sitting around in a cluster a bit like a group of students. Both these aspects may be true to life; however what wasn't convincing was the attempt to show these characters as three-dimensional people. Their private lives were very sketchily filled in and hence fell back on cliche - with further shouting - while no one was shown in a way that indicated why they might have got into this kind of work in the first place. It veered between bits of their private lives, particularly two characters who have an affair, and the hard-hitting cases they investigate, most of which are depressing and unpleasant in the extreme. It's probably an accurate reflection in this regard, but nevertheless, I would question the value of having snippets of sordid revelations of incest mixed up with interludes of kissing with the beautiful Maiwenn and one of the officers, in terms of what the film is trying to do. It seems to me that the former is there too much to keep your interest in a roller-coaster, punchy ride that's meant to be a kind of cinematic blast, but ultimately is muddled and too hip.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2013
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Child abuse is a topic that can raise levels of anger in otherwise calm people, and cause the less-than-calm to cook off dramatically. How odd then that this topic has been married to the usual Problems Of The French Bourgeoisie film in Polisse. The treatment is about as gritty as a Hermes scarf. The squad seems to have vast numbers of personnel and is almost exclusively filled with photogenic actors and actresses. The cast act as if their emotional age was a good 15 to 20 years less than their biological age; engaging in random acts of passion and anger often with terrible results. Perhaps the comparison between the trivial affairs of the squad and the banal evil of the paedophiles was intentional? The upsetting scene of the rape victim and her dead child leading to an act of violence at the end of the film. It was by turns riveting and tedious, and could have been so much better.
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By andy on 13 Jan. 2015
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Knowing only that I had bought a DVD with Karin Viard in, in a leading role in a film called Polisse, was in fact all that I knew about the DVD when I sat down to watch this incredible drama. But since I have enjoyed numerous films with Karin Viard as a lead or as a supporting actress there was every possibility of another enjoyable film.

Often, it has been enough for me to know who is in the cast and it can be rewarding to watch a film knowing little or nothing of the plot. That was the case here for me with Polisse, and I shall endeavour to give nothing of the story away in this review.

Polisse is a very hard-hitting film that from the start had me wondering if it would be an enjoyable film. It is in many ways an uncomfortable film to watch, and so "enjoyable" is probably not the right adjective to use given bleak subject material within the film - but it is certainly a memorable film.

The acting from all the cast is outstanding, and thinking about the film now (it was watched the night before writing this review) the cast must surely have spent a great deal of time rehearsing. That is not to say that the acting looks choreographed or obvious, because it doesn't, it looks real, it looks very ad lib, as if one was watching a documentary. The director, Maïwenn who also has an acting role in the film has done an incredible job, both as actor and director. The cinematography (and the lighting) gives a feel of realism, of documentary.

A superbly crafted film. It is, as quoted at the beginning of the film, "Based on real-life cases handled by the Paris CPU" (Child Protection Unit). Very hard hitting, very memorable.

Polisse won the Prix du Jury Festival de Cannes 2011.
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