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Polisse [DVD]

Karin Viard , Marina Foïs , Maiwenn    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00883702W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,812 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant, uncomfortable, unmissable 19 Sep 2012
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
3.0 out of 5 stars uneven and in-your-face 10 July 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
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
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Polisse 21 May 2013
By Romy W
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have bought a lot of Nordic Noir films & series over the last couple of years and really enjoyed them. This was my first attempt at a French series-having read reviews of 'Spiral' I thought my husband & I would enjoy 'Polisse' -I was wrong. I had expected to see well crafted cases- instead there was much boring personal social interacting by the police officers. It was very slow starting- the actual cases weren't fleshed out- they seemed almost an afterthought to the quite crude sexual comments in the work place. Billed as being comparable to 'The Wire' [the reason I bought it] this is very misleading - 'The Wire' was compelling blending high quality acting, writing, & story lines much like The Bridge' The Millennium 'trilogy, Those That Kill' , and films like 'The Hunters' & ' False Trail ' set a very high standard. This film is truly awful!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A French Bomb
After watching Spiral and Braquo and other of the recent French crime releases, I was hoping after the write up given for this clunker that it was another French gritty police... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Sylvia K Saunders
4.0 out of 5 stars A very intense thrill ride
Very good movie. the acting (particularly from the children) was very good. Some scenes were, however, a little too short and could have been juiced up a bit, but other than that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by franz buschek
5.0 out of 5 stars Often Hard to Watch
Agree with a lot of the other views, constant shouting and arguing was at times tedious but overall I found the film to be riveting and often shocking in its content. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Boppinggeo
3.0 out of 5 stars Paris Police
I love French films when they are not too gritty. Tihs one was a tad disturbing. I was expecting more than it gave and the sending was bitter. Read more
Published 13 months ago by cathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Docu-drama
The first half hour of this DVD takes patience as it feels dis-jointed. Set in a child abuse unit in a Paris police station, it moves quickly from one scene to another, not... Read more
Published 13 months ago by noahs dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, engaging and thought provoking
I really enjoyed the pace and fast cutting of Polisse. On the back of other reviews which compared it unfavourably to the Spiral series I went ahead and ordered that too. Read more
Published 16 months ago by iliketowatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Raw, Unusual!
The abuse of children is such a harrowing experience to watch. Imagine being the ones to go after the despicable human beings who commit such crimes! Read more
Published 17 months ago by P.W
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service from supplier
As we watch a lot of foreign polce dramas a friend recommended this but as it was a christmas present hacen't watched it yet.
Published 19 months ago by Anna Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Lend me your handkerchief please...
Maiwenn is a pain and I found her very irritating - until I got lost in the film itself. I found it very moving indeed, the acting (apart from Maiwenn) convincing and the setting... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Wil Andersen
3.0 out of 5 stars A second rate Spiral
This movie was far too frenetic for my liking - and quite frankly I thought it was a copy of Spiral which I thoroughly enjoyed it was so good. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Charlie
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