In the heart of Belleville, in Paris, Baba, 10 years old, the eldest of three children, does not have the life of a normal child. Her mother being absent most of the time, she has to look ... See full summary »
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
French screenwriter, actress and director Maïwenn's third feature film which she co-wrote with French screenwriter, actress and director Emmanuelle Bercot, is inspired by the directors research and observations during the time she spent with the child protection unit in France. It premiered In competition at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival in 2011, was screened in the Competition section at the 22nd Stockholm International Film Festival in 2011, was shot on locations in France and is a French production which was produced by producer Alain Attal. It tells the story about Iris, Nadine, Chrystelle, Sue-Ellen, Nora, Fred, Mathieu, Gabriel, Bamako and Balloo who are working at the child department within the law enforcement in the capital city of France, and who one day is introduced by their superintendent named Beauchard to a photographer named Mélissa Zaïa whom has been assigned to make a photo-book for the police department.
Distinctly and subtly directed by French filmmaker Maïwenn, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a commendably authentic and increasingly heartrending portrayal of the interdependence, collaboration, conflicts and dedication within a police unit. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Pierre Aïm, film editing by film editors Yann Dedet and Laure Gardette and use of sound, colors and light, this dialog-driven and interchangeably character-driven story about the everyday life, courageousness and priceless necessity of men and women who on a regular basis are confronted with amongst others fathers and mothers who have maltreated their children, the fast transition between cases to avoid personal involvement and how this affects their mentality, their views on people and their private lives, depicts multiple dense and interrelated studies of character and contains a great and timely score by English composer Stephen Warbeck.
This situational, eloquently humorous and contrastingly though harmonically romantic drama which is set in Paris, France in the 21st century and where men and women who either are parents themselves or are about to become parents are listening to numerous children and youths who have been encouraged to criminality and subjected to sexual crimes, and parents who either believes that child abuse is an appropriate way of child fostering or sneeringly claims that having connections with high class citizens pardons them from molesting their wives and children, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, distinct realism, merging of the children and adults' viewpoints, coherent interplay and the involving and heartfelt acting performances by French actresses Karin Viard, Marina Fïos, Emmanuelle Bercot, Naidra Ayadi, Karole Rocher and French musician and actor Joeystarr. An engagingly conversational, humanely sociological and reflectively cinematographic narrative feature.
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