At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Bryce Dallas Howard
The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department's Juvenile 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, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments. Knowing the worst exists and living with it. How do these cops balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day? Fred, the group's hypersensitive wild card, is going to have a hard time facing the scrutiny of Melissa, a photographer on a Ministry of the Interior assignment to document the unit. Written by
Polisse is a police drama based on actual child protection unit cases in France. The visual style reminded me of the American TV show, "NYPD Blue." The acting by the ensemble cast is excellent, but the structure is unusual as it moves rapidly from the personal lives of the cops to the sometimes riveting crimes being investigated. One particular scene midway into the film, involving a homeless black woman explaining to the unit that she must leave her small son with them in order to give him a warm place to live, will tear out your heart. The start is a bit too haphazard for my taste, but I grew accustomed to the pace as it went along. A fair warning to those looking for a happy ending, with a positive message about the world we live in; forget it, this is a gritty, realistic, and sobering tale, and one that will stay with you for a long time.
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