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Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for 13 César Awards, Polisse follows the daily lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. Basing her richly textured script on real child investigation cases, writer-director actor Maïwenn has gathered an accomplished ensemble cast of French actors who convey the emotional strain of the unit's work with gritty realism. They not only deal with the stress of their jobs but the inevitable fall-out in their personal lives-breakdowns, divorce and adulterous… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[O]ne of the best based-on-facts police pictures."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
""Polisse" draws us uncomfortably close to a taboo subject then rewards us with real nourishment."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It has the makings for a pretty good cop show. But as a movie, this 'inside' look at the dozen or so dedicated members of the Parisian Child Protection Unit is conspicuously lacking in coherence and depth."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"...a tough and mostly rewarding ride, sort of like a full season of a novelistic cable drama like The Wire compressed into a two-hour serving ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's an affecting film that's has stuck with me since I left the theatre."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"Whatever you think of it, you won't be neutral."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Has an infectious energy and aims for a bottom-up, slice-of-life air characterised by naturalistic performances and a fly-on-the-wall shooting style."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It gets across its message on the plight of the innocent children."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Polisse connects fitfully through its sheer urgency -- it's a work of deep feeling. But the movie, which opts for a baseline emotional setting of overheated, eventually starts to come across as pummeling, and one-note."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
""Polisse" made me wonder how to say, "Its reach exceeds its grasp," in French."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Bluntly edited, with no hand-holding transitional scenes, the film is an intimate portrait of an idealistic, understaffed, sometimes wrongheaded team battling youth prostitution, thievery rings and adult predators from every class of society."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's messy, boring, funny, suspenseful, touching, jubilant and tragic."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The French drama is a gritty and intimate look at big-city detectives that had me wondering what the French word for "wire" is."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A (chaotic) tour-de-force ..."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"Though made as a feature film, Polisse looks suspiciously like a few episodes of medium-quality TV stapled together...a contender for one of the most overrated films of 2012."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
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