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2012 wasn’t a bad year for movies. It was actually a great year. The problem is, the movies we were most anticipating, specifically the Hollywood blockbusters like Prometheus and The Hobbit, didn’t live up to our expectations. With that said I still managed to make a list of 50 films I loved. Maybe I just have bad taste or maybe I just love movies but the most time consuming factor when making this list was sitting down and deciding what makes the cut and what doesn’t. Even with 50 films listed below, I found it hard to not include movies like Frankenweenie, The Loneliest Planet, Footnote, Compliance, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, and Searching For Sugar Man. Come to think of it, every film featured on our list of best documentaries could have easily snuck into this list. I haven’t seen everything of course. Below is »
It’s Tuesday, so that means that it is new release day DVD and Blu-Ray wise in the Us and Canada, and there are some absolute belters out this week for your home viewing pleasure.
First up is the surprise gem of 2012 which is currently wowing audiences in theatres in the UK. Ruby Sparks revolves around Paul Dano’s Calvin, a young novelist who manages to bring the girl of his dreams to life through the power of the written word. We caught this at a film showcase a couple of months ago, and instantly fell in love with it. A rom-com-dram to suit most tastes despite its rather predictable and indeed slightly corny climax. Fordy branded it “one of the year’s most endearing efforts: heartfelt, well intentioned, and very nicely constructed…” and I bloody agree with him. A delight.
Again, a film that is still playing in UK cinemas, »
- Paul Heath
★★★☆☆ Maïwenn writes, stars and directs Polisse (2011), a provocative drama centred upon a Parisian Child Protection Unit, exploring the team members' various lives and relationships inside and outside of work. Having spent time observing real Cpu officers, Maïwenn's script is reputedly based on genuine conversations and cases, and herself adopts a similar position in this film as a photographer assigned to capture the task-force at work. Yet her role as naive newcomer Melissa is relatively small, with the love story between her character and hardened professional Fred (rap star Didier Morville, aka Joeystarr) does, at times, feel almost wholly irrelevant.
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- CineVue UK
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, October 29th 2012.
Pick Of The Week
The Five-Year Engagement (DVD/Blu-ray)
Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedy starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel. Anglo-American couple Violet (Blunt) and Tom (Segel) fall in love and soon after decide to get married. But the wedding is repeatedly delayed by the various intricate and perplexing circumstances in which they find themselves, to the point where both parties – and their families – start to wonder if they are doing the right thing after all. The Five-Year Engagement Review
And the rest…
Brake (DVD/Blu-ray »
Directed by Maïwenn.
A photographer is assigned to document the operations of the police officers of the Child Protection Unit and gets an insight into their daily grind as they attempt to balance their private lives with the harsh reality they confront every day.
Polisse is a rare film which is both something new and interesting in its subject matter yet is never engaging due to the plot or lack thereof.
On the plus side, Polisse shows us the crimes and investigations of a Child Protection Unit in a major city (Paris), a side of law enforcement we rarely see on screen and because of this the film begins on a high note. The camera work is deliberately documentary-like and the film is deliberately ugly and unglamorous just like the world of child »
Review by Joe Cronin
The documentary style Polisse is a gritty whirlwind of a film that tackles its harrowing subject matter head on. ‘Polisse’, a play on the word ‘Police’ is spelt this way to replicate a child’s take on the word. Sadly, the film itself is also a reflection of the lives of hundreds of children across France. Despite featuring fictitious characters that sometimes come across as crude caricatures, the subject matter is real.
The film was co-written by Maiwenn and Emmanuelle Bercot and documents day-to-day cases of the Parisian Child Protection unit. Shot in a ‘handy-cam’ style that manages not to become irritating, the film is a product of Maiwenn spending months living with a Cpu unit, slowly becoming ingrained in their lives. Despite often being compared to The Wire, »
Good cops, bad cops ... Austin Film Society is bringing us a month of top-notch police procedurals in its latest Essential Cinema series. The cops might not be good but the movies certainly are.
"Officers of Uncertainty: The Policier Legacy in Contemporary International Cinema" features a great mix of police movies -- one American, one French, one Turkish and one from Hong Kong. The films screen on Tuesday nights at 7 pm at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar throughout August. All films will be shown from 35mm prints.
The series kicks off tonight with Polisse (pictured at top), a 2011 French film directed by actress/filmmaker Maiwenn. It's about the difficulties of working in the Child Protection Unit of a municipal police force, focusing on a journalist who is drawn a little too closely to one of the officers. Tickets are still available but you can buy them online at the Afs site »
- Jette Kernion
Rock Of Ages (12A)
Doing for 1980s hair metal what Mamma Mia! did for Abba, this glossy musical gives you the broad pleasures of pantomime rather than rock'n'roll danger, with theatrical star turns and a playlist of power ballads hung around an archetypal tale of a smalltown girl and a wannabe rock star boy on La's Sunset Strip. You can stop believin' now.
Don De Lillo's prescient novella makes for a cool Manhattan odyssey, centred on Pattinson's jaded banker and the Occupy zeitgeist.
A Wire-like approach to a French child protection unit reaps dividends for this docu-style procedural.
Red Lights (15)
- Steve Rose
It’s like the French version of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, except every case is one that would send Detective Elliot Stabler totally mental and inspire him to punch a wall or two. For these are the tales of the Paris police service’s Child Protection Unit, and every single case is unutterably sad and desperate, and impacts this team of dedicated officers in ways even they never quite expect. Except, too, that this isn’t a TV series, it’s a single two-hour movie... which is its biggest flaw. There’s a whole season’s worth of cop angst, child horror, and general soap opera crammed into far too short a running time for everything it hopes to achieve. Most objectionable is the character of the photographer hired by the government to document the unit’s work. Played by actress Maiwenn (Switchblade Romance), she feels shoehorned into the action, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Polisse the Jury Prize winner at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, is based on true stories of the Paris police division known as Cpu (Child Protection Unit) as they investigate disturbing cases of child abuse, both physical and sexual. It has no central story, but several plot threads that run throughout, more a fly-on-the-wall look at a group of law enforcers doing their demanding, distasteful, and often mundane jobs than any type of standard cop thriller. It’s a good, engrossing film that effectively weaves together a series of real life “small”. crimes; an Algerian man wants to sell his 14-year old daughter’s virginity, a gymnastics teacher is grilled about fondling one of his students in a bathroom stall, a band of Romanian pickpockets is busted. There are no shoot-outs, car chases or large-scale action sequences in Polisse (though a jolting suicide comes out of nowhere). This is »
- Tom Stockman
Some of this odd drama about the Paris police cracking down on child abusers works but there are some awful tonal misjudgments
There can hardly be an odder or more uncomfortable film this week than Maïwenn's Polisse, a drama with interesting moments, but also some false notes and a wildly bizarre ending. The Juvenile Protection Squad, a division of the Paris police, is cracking down on child abusers of all kinds while working out their stressed private lives. Much of it feels like ropey TV drama, and there's a group improv workshop feel to the acting, as the performers, thinking themselves into the role of stressed cops, do lots of actory shouting at each other. Maïwenn herself has a supercilious small role, playing a photographer permitted to be a fly on the wall recording the unit's daily life; she has a row with a cop, and then inevitably, an affair with him. »
- Peter Bradshaw
★★☆☆☆ On paper, actress and director Maïwenn's Cpu (Child Protection Unit) orientated procedural drama Polisse (2011), with its blend of both the humorous and the harrowing, sounds an ambitious approach to tackling the issue of child abuse in her native France. Yet despite deputising in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the film is fatally flawed by a complete lack of structural coherency and a number of horribly jarring 'comic' interjections.
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Directed by: Maïwenn
Running Time: 2 hrs 7 mins
Release Date: May 25, 2012 (Limited and VOD)
Plot: An ensemble drama about the many cases dealt with by Paris’ Child Protection Unit, and the many employees whose personal lives are disturbed by their work.
Who’S It For?: Polisse demands a highly attentive audience. This movie is for those who are fans of police dramas, and also films like Traffic.
In Polisse, Paris’ Cpu is made up of average looking middle-aged men and women who have some problems of their own (bad marriages, extreme stress, self-loathing). When they go to work they deal with cases of abuse and child endangerment that are bad, really bad, or disgustingly ugly, and then try to not let that cut into the amount they joke around when hanging out with »
- Nick Allen
Described as being like a whole season of The Wire packed into a single film, crime drama Polisse hits UK cinemas on June 15.
A new UK poster has now been released for the film, which is helmed by the French actress-director Maiwenn (pictured right).
Maiwenn - whose full name is Maiwenn Le Besco and who played the alien opera singer in The Fifth Element - also appears in the film as part of a cast that includes Karin Viard, Joey Starr and Marina Fois.
The trailer and synopsis are also included below.
Here's the official synopsis:
The daily grind for the police officers of the Child Protection Unit - taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets and chewing over relationship issues at lunch; interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, »
- David Bentley
Actress, writer and director Maiwenn delivers in Polisse what is essentially a scripted docudrama about the daily lives of a Parisian police squad specializing in cases where the victims are children (the title isn’t French for “police,” it’s an intentional child-like misspelling of it). They are a unit that’s derisively treated as glorified babysitters by other divisions because they often double as social workers. Lecturing mothers on how to handle their babies and calling shelters to place a homeless kid are just as much a part of their job description as slapping around pedophiles and raiding a pickpocket ring.
Polisse burns through over a dozen cases in its 127 minute running time, providing a full spectrum of what the Child Protection Unit does. To add to the realism, all the ones featured are based on true life cases that Maiwenn compiled during her time embedded with an actual Child Protection Unit, »
- Arya Ponto
It seems odd that there should be anything left to be said in a movie about cops. It seems as though the cinematic landscape has been saturated by police officers and detectives, their lives and work dissected and examined to the point of obscenity. Yet we as an audience remain enamored with the life, the job, all the facets of the existence of the people who swear to protect us.
Part of this has to do with the subject not only of the film’s narrative, but of the investigations we follow. The film focuses on the men and women of the Child Protection Unit (Cpu) of the Paris police. These are the people who have to investigate the »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
Maiwenn has been in the spotlight in her native France since she was a child. She began acting in films like "Next Year If All Goes Well" and "One Deadly Summer," and she was even more famous as the teenage girlfriend of director Luc Besson ("The Fifth Element"), giving birth to his daughter at age 16. But by 21, she broke up with Besson and resumed life as an actress, including a role in the horror film "High Tension."Yet Maiwenn, now 36, says she feels like she started her career only a decade ago, when she debuted her one-woman stage show "Le pois chiche" in Paris. She went on to write, direct, and star in the short film "I'm an Actress" in 2004, followed by her 2006 feature film "Pardon Me" and "All About Actresses" in 2008."My real passion is to make movies, to direct," she says. "It's good for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Daniel Lehman)
Of the 22 films in contention for the prestigious Palme d'Or, not one has a female director. And while women's lives are getting more attention on screen, the struggle to break in to the rough and tough old boys' club of directing appears as hard as ever
Cannes' fabled Croisette promenade was dotted with the customary festival starlets in high heels and glamorous dresses yesterday afternoon.
But just behind them, a feminist uprising of sorts was in full swing. Inside a landmark hotel on the seafront strip in the South of France, loud calls for positive discrimination in favour of women's films were being voiced. The impact of British director Andrea Arnold's public anger about the failure to include a female director in the prestigious Palme D'Or line-up continues to stir controversy at the annual celebration of world cinema.
Speakers at a Beyond Borders diversity symposium echoed Arnold's complaint that »
- Vanessa Thorpe
The Grand Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and recipient of more than a dozen Cesar Award nominations, “Polisse” represents a unique French entry in a well-worn genre — the grizzled police department drama. Centering on the myriad investigations of the Child Protection Unit of a Paris bureau, the movie features all sorts of shocking, sad and scandalous subplots about child abuse, abandonment, underage pickpockets and predatory sexual behavior. But it’s also surprising for another reason — its writer-director and co-star, Maiwenn Le Besco, is a female, trading in a genre most typically reserved for men. For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to speak to [ Read More ] »
Title: Polisse Director: Maiwenn Le Besco Starring: Frederic Pierrot, Marina Fois, Karin Viard, Emmanuelle Bercot, Joeystarr, Maiwenn, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Karole Rocher, Riccardo Scamarcio Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, “Polisse” is a French cop drama that comes across as something of a cinematic turducken — filling, yes, but also rather unnaturally stuffed to the breaking point with different and sometimes at odds tastes. Directed and co-written by Maiwenn (who typically eschews her surname, Le Besco), the movie connects fitfully through its sheer urgency — it’s a work of deep feeling. Vacuuming out the exotic benefit of its foreign film presentation, however, many arthouse patrons [ Read More ] »
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