Polisse

Polisse

Polisse

Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, a hard-hitting police drama based on real-life cases handled by the Paris Child Protection Unit. Multiple storylines follow the lives of officers struggling to confront the ugly realities of their work – child abuse, pedophiles, abusive parents – while balancing working relationships and private lives. Directed and co-written by French actress and filmmaker Maïwenn.

Jury Prize (Best Film) winner at Cannes Film Festival 2011.
2011Rating: R16, contains offensive language, sexual themes & content that may disturb122 minsFranceFrench, Italian, Romanian and Arabic with English subtitles
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Reviews & comments

That's no fluff !!

In my view, this is the best French film to make it to New Zealand for quite some time. A powerful and shockingly human drama, a great change form the too many French cheese ball, sickly sweet crowd pleaser. A very substantial film indeed ... probably too substantial for a lot of people. I have read quite a few review of POLISSE and a recurring thing is...

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

Maiwenn coaxes terrific, naturalistic perfs from her ensemble without eschewing the extreme emotional highs and lows that could have led to more caricatured turns.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Based on genuine cases, the film reveals its horrors in a matter-of-fact manner, taking care to show the characters grasping every chance for laughter - however inappropriate - amid the grimness.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Polisse builds to one of the most hilariously misguided climaxes ever conceived; let's just say that this soapy symphony of squalor literally doesn't stick the landing.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The messiness of the film seems appropriate to its subject, which is the attempt to bring at least a measure of order - and even a touch of grace - to a chaotic and frequently ugly reality.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A drama with interesting moments, but also some false notes and a wildly bizarre ending.

2.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The film's director and co-writer is Maiwenn, an actress and now third-time filmmaker, who is accomplished at following several story lines and weaving them together.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Inspired by a documentary, the film is shot with vérité immediacy and beautifully acted by an outstanding ensemble.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Unsparing in its portrayal of the seedier side of French society, only Polisse's loose focus keeps it from matching The Class for emotional punch. It's still a worthy companion piece to TV police procedurals like Spiral.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Maiwenn coaxes terrific, naturalistic perfs from her ensemble without eschewing the extreme emotional highs and lows that could have led to more caricatured turns.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Based on genuine cases, the film reveals its horrors in a matter-of-fact manner, taking care to show the characters grasping every chance for laughter - however inappropriate - amid the grimness.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Polisse builds to one of the most hilariously misguided climaxes ever conceived; let's just say that this soapy symphony of squalor literally doesn't stick the landing.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The messiness of the film seems appropriate to its subject, which is the attempt to bring at least a measure of order - and even a touch of grace - to a chaotic and frequently ugly reality.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A drama with interesting moments, but also some false notes and a wildly bizarre ending.

2.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The film's director and co-writer is Maiwenn, an actress and now third-time filmmaker, who is accomplished at following several story lines and weaving them together.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Inspired by a documentary, the film is shot with vérité immediacy and beautifully acted by an outstanding ensemble.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Unsparing in its portrayal of the seedier side of French society, only Polisse's loose focus keeps it from matching The Class for emotional punch. It's still a worthy companion piece to TV police procedurals like Spiral.

3.0

That's no fluff !!

In my view, this is the best French film to make it to New Zealand for quite some time. A powerful and shockingly human drama, a great change form the too many French cheese ball, sickly sweet crowd pleaser. A very substantial film indeed ... probably too substantial for a lot of people. I have read quite a few review of POLISSE and a recurring thing is...

5.0