Director : Maiwenn Le Besco.
Nominated for 13 Cesar Awards in 2012, winner of the Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival 2011
Country of Origin: France 2011
Genre: Crime drama.
Language: French with English subtitles. 127 mins.
'The film has an infectious energy, a gritty realism and is a hard hitting portrayal of the balanceParisian Child Protection Unit (CPU0'.
Maiwenn spent time with the Parisian Child Protection Unit (CPU) before co-writing, directing and starring as a photographer recording the day-to-day work of the Department. The film has an infectious energy, a gritty realism and is a hard hitting portrayal of the balance between private lives and the reality the members of the CPU confront each day. The stories based on actual cases come thick and fast with rapid-fire dialogue, naturalistic performances, black humour and touches of humanity and the hand-held camera gives the film a docu-drama effect. However the narrative is sprawling at times and can border on the hysterical. Maiwenn should have stayed behind the camera and the final scene should be re-edited. Aside from that Polisse is an emotionally unsparing movie - a hard hitting, gritty portrayal of the hardened cops of the CPU.