Having made self-reflective films about the acting business, director and actress Maïwenn Le Besco takes a new direction with this study of the everyday life among the officers at a Parisian Child Protection Unit. When a photographer is commissioned by the Interior Ministry to document the unit’s work, she discovers the dramatic, tragic and yet some times, comic experiences of the children. At the same time Le Besco gets to know the team of nearly a dozen officers trying to cope with stress, hoplessness and their Sisyphean work situation. It takes its toll on their private lives, where many of them are too exhausted to deal with their personal lives—or their relationships. As pressure builds up, the need to let of steam becomes increasingly necessary.

The complex story line is built episodically. The verdicts of the defendants are never revealed and this enhances the unit’s daily struggle. For the unit, closure is a rarely experienced luxury.

Polisse poster
Title
Polisse
Director
Maïwenn Le Besco
Country
France
Length
127 min
Festival
2011
Section
Competition
Language
French/ Italian/ Romanian/ Arabic
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Karin Viard, Joey Starr, Marina Foïs
Producer
Alain Attal
Script
Maïwenn Le Besco, Emmanuelle Bercot
Music
Stephen Warbeck

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