Polisse (2011)

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A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred (as Joeystarr)
Karole Rocher ...
Baloo (as Frederic Pierrot)
Arnaud Henriet ...
Naidra Ayadi ...
Wladimir Yordanoff ...
Laurent Bateau ...
Hervé, le mari de Nadine
Carole Franck ...


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 Anonymous

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19 October 2011 (France)  »

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Polis  »

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$16,568 (USA) (18 May 2012)


$171,320 (USA) (15 June 2012)

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Entertaining Docudrama
27 February 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Paris, the photographer Melissa (Maïwenn) is assigned by the Ministry of the Interior to document the daily activities of the BPM – the Police Division for Child Protection under the command of Chief Baloo (Frederic Pierrot).

Along the days, Melissa witnesses and takes photos of pedophiles, children and women abusers and abused and befriends the team of detectives, sharing their investigations along the working days and leaning how their jobs affect their private lives. Soon she has a love affair with the sensitive and emotive Detective Fred (Joeystarr).

"Polisse" is an entertaining French docudrama about a team of police officers responsible to protect children from abuses. The screenplay uses ellipsis and it seems that is based on true stories. It is good to see how the team works and their relationship outside the work, showing that the officers are human beings with families and problems affected by their work.

The weakest part is the character Melissa, with her touristic and unprofessional camera, and taking her glasses off and loosening her hair in a silly behavior. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Polissia" ("Polisse")

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