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Polisse -- A gripping police drama based on true accounts from the Parisian child protection unit
Polisse -- A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.
Polisse -- A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.


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Maïwenn (screenplay) &
Emmanuelle Bercot (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 October 2011 (Belgium) See more »
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7 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Karin Viard ... Nadine

Joey Starr ... Fred (as Joeystarr)

Marina Foïs ... Iris

Nicolas Duvauchelle ... Mathieu

Maïwenn ... Melissa

Riccardo Scamarcio ... Francesco
Karole Rocher ... Chrys

Emmanuelle Bercot ... Sue Ellen

Frédéric Pierrot ... Baloo (as Frederic Pierrot)
Arnaud Henriet ... Bamako
Naidra Ayadi ... Nora

Jérémie Elkaïm ... Gabriel
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Beauchard
Laurent Bateau ... Hervé, le mari de Nadine
Carole Franck ... Céline
Marcial Di Fonzo Bo ... Le prof de gym
Anne Suarez ... Alice

Sandrine Kiberlain ... Mme de la Faublaise
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... M. de la Faublaise

Anthony Delon ... Alex
Alain Attal ... Marc
Maëva Pasquali ... Estelle
Bine Sarambounou ... La mère d'Ousman

Audrey Lamy ... La mère au bébé secoué
Sophie Cattani ... La mère qui a enlevé son bébé
Laurence Arrouy ... Médecin accouchement
Aurélie Braconnier ... Sage-femme
Nathalie Boutefeu ... La mère de Sandra
Christelle Charpentier ... Femme accueil BPM (as Chrystel Charpentier)
Alexandre Carrière ... Père Dolorès
Caroline Attal ... Femme dîner 1
François Kraus ... Homme dîner 1

Lilou Fogli ... Femme dîner 2
Orazio Massaro ... Homme dîner 2
Virgil Vernier ... Homme dîner 3
Hervé Temime ... Substitut du procureur
Albert Igual ... Papy Marie
Sébastien Farran ... Commissaire divisionnaire BRB
Winston Ong ... Homme sans fantasme
Riton Liebman ... Franck

Emmanuel Gayet ... Denis
Valérie de Monza ... La juge
Michel Chesneau ... Barman café
Olivier Breton ... Homme au café
Jamel Barbouche ... Homme barbu
Patrick Le Besco ... Père de Melissa
Abdelkader Belkhodja ... Grand P ère de Melissa
Amina Annabi ... Mère de Melissa
Lou Doillon ... Soeur Melissa

Julien Landais ... Frère de Melissa
Eric Dupuis ... Moniteur instructeur
Rabah Loucif ... Epicier
Jérôme Perrot ... Policier épicerie
Arabelle Savu ... Interprète Adina
Jean Fornerod ... Romain

Arben Bajraktaraj ... Yougo échappé
Alice de Lencquesaing ... Sandra
Malonn Lévana ... Dolorès
Gaye Sarambounou ... Ousman
Joseph Créhange ... Solal
Violante Stillacci ... Lucie
Fiamma Stillacci ... Bianca
Luna Turcat ... Sophie de la Faublaise
Carla Guffroy ... Marie
Manon Tournier ... Ado portable
Marguerite Machuel ... Fille Nadine 1
Simone Machuel ... Fille Nadine 2
Lisa Guibet ... Fille de Fred
Elise Amblard ... Ado gothique
Denisa Nita ... Jeune Roumaine
Maïlys Amrous ... Ado webcam

Nina Rodriguez ... Fille Baloo
Nathan Mamberti ... Fils Baloo
Wendy Nieto ... Marilyn
Louis Dussol ... Copain de Solal
Eden Mandereau ... Ado puceau
Chloé Vaello ... Ado victime miol
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aurélie Michon ... Midwife (uncredited)

Directed by
Writing credits
Maïwenn (screenplay) &
Emmanuelle Bercot (screenplay)

Produced by
Alain Attal .... producer
Arnaud Bertrand .... associate producer
Dominique Boutonnat .... associate producer
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Hubert Caillard .... associate producer
Véronique Cuilhe .... associate producer
Stéphane Célérier .... associate producer
Valérie Garcia .... associate producer
Alain Kappauf .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stephen Warbeck 
Cinematography by
Pierre Aïm 
Film Editing by
Laure Gardette 
Casting by
Nicolas Ronchi 
Production Design by
Nicolas de Boiscuillé 
Set Decoration by
Abdel-Kader Hadjadj 
Costume Design by
Marité Coutard 
Makeup Department
Natacha Bernet .... key makeup artist
Estelle Tolstoukine .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Xavier Amblard .... production manager
Ludovic Beurton .... assistant unit manager
Gaspard Danel .... assistant unit manager
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Vincent Lecerf .... assistant unit manager
Nicolas Mouchet .... post-production manager
Laurent Rizzon .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Olivier Breton .... second assistant director
Frédéric Gérard .... first assistant director
Clément Inglesakis .... third assistant director
Hugo Rousselin .... assistant director
Art Department
Dominique Coste .... property master
Charlotte Filler .... assistant decorator
Gilles Graziano .... computer graphic designer
Cyril Péré .... property master
Jérémie Sfez .... first assistant production designer
Sound Department
Christophe Burdet .... assistant foley artist
Guadalupe Cassius .... dialogue editor
Matthieu Choux .... sound mix technician
Emmanuel Croset .... sound
Rym Debbarh-Mounir .... sound editor
Franck Duval .... boom operator
Patrick Egreteau .... foley artist
Cyrille Lauwerier .... adr mixer
Cyrille Lauwerier .... sound re-recording mixer
Edouard Murcier .... adr supervisor
Sandy Notarianni .... sound editor
Nicolas Provost .... sound
Hubert Teissedre .... foley mixer
Visual Effects by
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects supervisor
Christophe Dehaene .... digital compositor
Ludivine Ducrocq .... production administration
Adrien Garcia .... digital compositor
Celine Goriot .... assistant visual effects coordinator
Joel Pinto .... visual effects supervisor
Laurent Ripoll .... visual effects editor
Pascal Guégan .... stunts
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt driver
Anthony Pho .... stunts
Julien Piguet .... stunt driver
Justine Poiret .... stunt double
Patrick Ronchin .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Anne Cottreel .... second assistant camera
Stéphane Cry .... electrician
Claire Mathon .... camera operator
Frédéric Thurot .... electrician
Casting Department
Laurent Couraud .... extras casting
Elsa Pharaon .... casting: Children
Editorial Department
Richard Deusy .... colorist
Loïc Lallemand .... assistant editor
Music Department
Olga FitzRoy .... music engineer
Andrew Green .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Kirsty Whalley .... synth programming
Other crew
Thierry Artur .... production accountant
Marie Jardillier .... production assistant
Grégoire Jeudy .... additional set production assistant
Marie Le Mire .... legal
Emilie Maggiar .... production accountant assistant
Marion Pin .... script supervisor
Fabien Pondevaux .... location scout
Emmanuel Sierra .... chief financial officer

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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Funny, tragic and gripping, 5 January 2013

Polisse is a difficult film to define. Based on real-life cases dealt with by the Child Protection Unit covering the 19th arrondissement (borough or quarter) of Paris, it could possibly be called a docudrama, although it does not cover events of historical significance.

Maïwenn, who wrote, directed and featured in the film as a photojournalist shadowing the unit, spent time herself with such a unit for research. All the cases featured in the film are supposed to have taken place while she was there or were recounted to her at that time. It is this that gives the film its lifelike, gritty quality. Indeed, the first scene plunges straight into an interview with a little girl who claims her father is molesting her, and is swiftly followed by other similar interviews with suspected paedophiles, victims and accusers. Despite the obviously very serious subject of the film, humorous moments pepper the script, which successfully highlights the tragicomic ludicrousness of some of the situations they encounter.

Alongside the cases of child molesting and underage rape that the team deals with on a day- to-day basis, the film delves into the complex personalities of the characters, who are at times tender and patient, and at others frustrated, angry and even violent. We are privy to the emotional strain the job has on these police officers and the effects on their personal lives, their marriages and relationships with their children. Special bonds also develop between them, and their intimacy and affinity is so well portrayed that it is easy to forget that this is in fact a film and not simply a documentary.

Though Polisse, like real life, does not really follow a plot line, and we never find out if the criminals are actually brought to justice, one does not become bored or frustrated or ever wonder where the film is going. In fact, just like the TV series The Wire to which it has been compared, it is the lack of obvious direction of the film that ultimately makes it all the more powerful and effective.

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