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Le petit lieutenant (2005)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 16 November 2005 (France)
A rookie policeman from provincial Le Havre volunteers for the high pressure Parisian homicide bureau and is assigned to a middle-aged woman detective.

Director:

Xavier Beauvois

Writers:

Xavier Beauvois (scenario), Guillaume Bréaud (scenario) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalie Baye ... Commandant Caroline "Caro" Vaudieu
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Antoine Derouère
Roschdy Zem ... Solo
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Louis Mallet
Jacques Perrin ... Le juge Serge Clermont
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... L'Anglais
Patrick Chauvel Patrick Chauvel ... Le lieutenant Patrick Belval
Jean Lespert Jean Lespert ... M. Derouère, le père d'Antoine
Annick Le Goff Annick Le Goff ... Mme Derouère, la mère d'Antoine
Bérangère Allaux Bérangère Allaux ... Julie Derouère, la femme d'Antoine
Mireille Franchino Mireille Franchino ... Mireille, la logeuse
Yaniss Lespert Yaniss Lespert ... Alex Derouère, le frère d'Antoine (as Yanis Lespert)
Xavier Beauvois ... Nicolas Morbé
Philippe Lecompt Philippe Lecompt ... Armurier
Pierre Aussedat Pierre Aussedat ... Commissaire
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Storyline

When a fresh young police academy graduate from provincial Le Havre volunteers for the high pressure world of the Parisian homicide squad, his schoolteacher wife is reluctant to go with him. He moves into a rooming house that caters to single cops as he embraces his fellow officers as an extended family. He becomes close to an Arab officer and his boss, a very professional but lonely, middle-aged female detective who is also a recovering alcoholic. Routine police procedure gives way to an intensive search among the city's homeless for an undocumented Russian immigrant who may be responsible for a series of violent crimes. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Polish | Russian

Release Date:

16 November 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Xavier Beauvois, the director, decided finally not to use background music for this movie. It gives a special atmosphere to the movie. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in window as Vaudieu and Solo exit the church. See more »

Quotes

Young man: [He approaches Commandant Vaudieu and Antoine, who are sharing a marijuana cigarette] Excuse me, can I have a drag?
[Antoine pauses and looks at Vandieu, who assents. He gives the joint to the stranger]
Young man: Thanks.
[He takes a long drag]
Young man: Watch out.
[Returning the joint]
Young man: This place is crawling with cops.
[He leaves]
Young man: Au revoir.
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As Close to Real Life as Movies Get
7 August 2006 | by dgissinSee all my reviews

Extremely realistic. So much so that it's almost miserable to watch. We see a young and inexperienced police detective adjust to the aspects of his new job - from working through a pistol stoppage on the range, to knocking on doors looking for information about a murder, interviewing people who barely speak his language and trying to integrate with his new coworkers. We also see an experienced police veteran working through the problems that prolonged living in a stressful environment have produced as she returns to work after a two-year sabbatical. She takes the young Antoine with her throughout the course of a murder investigation, and the illustration of the dichotomy between them is nearly perfect. Avoided are the cliché kicking down of doors, Miami Vice / Hawaii 5-0-style firefights, Joe Friday detectives and "arch villains" that typically plague police films. The overall feeling that I had throughout the movie was monotony and despair as I identified with Antoine's feelings of separation, anxiety and of being overwhelmed. We see equally Commandant Vaudieu's sobriety struggle in scenes where her section is gathering at a bar after work for drinks while she orders a glass of mineral water. It's not a happy movie, it's not even entertaining, but it is realistic, extremely well played, and it is a moving, gritty drama that does for PJs what La Chambre des Officiers did for soldiers. It humanises them.


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