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Polisse (2011)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 19 October 2011 (France)
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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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Nadine
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Fred (as Joeystarr)
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Iris
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Mathieu
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Melissa
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Francesco
Karole Rocher ...
Chrys
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Sue Ellen
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Baloo (as Frederic Pierrot)
Arnaud Henriet ...
Bamako
Naidra Ayadi ...
Nora
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Gabriel
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Beauchard
Laurent Bateau ...
Hervé, le mari de Nadine
Carole Franck ...
Céline
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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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Crime | Drama

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Polis  »

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

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$171,320 (USA) (15 June 2012)
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Baloo locks up the mother on drugs telling her "Police. Handcuffs. Prison." This can be seen as a reference to Luc Besson's movie Subway (1985), as it is the exact laconic sentence of Commissioner Gesberg capturing the "Roller Skater". See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.18 (2011) See more »

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BIST DU BEL MIR, BWV 508
(Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach))
Soprano: I. Kertesi
Camerata Budapest dirige par L. Kovacs
Kapagama / Naxos - HNH International
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It sticks in my throat. It tears me up.
21 April 2013 | by (Leesburg, FL) – See all my reviews

The average time that someone can work in child protection is two years. Some last longer, or there would not be supervisors, but it is a rough business, as this film depicts.

What should grab you is that they move from case to case without any continuity. This is the real world of child protection. You deal with a druggie mother today, a pederast grandfather tomorrow, and neglected or abused children the next day.

Some may find the language off-putting, but that is the way it is. You are under such stress during work, that you have to relieve it somehow after you get off. It may be crude, but it is effective.

I can also relate to those who lose it occasionally. You can put your heart and soul into this job, and get frustrated easily by parents and the bureaucracy.

The film may have been actors, but it has a documentary feel as they portray the action as it really happens.


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