DVD - 2012 | French
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Based on real child investigation cases, Polisse follows the lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. In the realm of some of society's worst criminals, the pressures of the job are matched only by the pressures in the personal lives of the officers. Only by putting aside their individual differences can they find the strength necessary to make a positive change in the community.
Publisher: [New York] : [MPI Media Group], [2012]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ℗2011
ISBN: 9780788615931
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
video file,region 1


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Feb 17, 2018

People who've ever worked in human services will recognize something of themselves in this film. It's a really original and truthful look at the lives of these workers and especially the effects of second-hand trauma from dealing with victims of abuse day in and day out.

voisjoe1 Sep 02, 2014

This was a realism based film of a Child Protection section of a French urban police department. It was a large ensemble film depicting the relationships of the police with the children victims of sexual abuse, with the alleged perpetrators, and with the children’s parents. There are also several after work scenes where we get to see the relationships during their fun times. The film doesn’t really delve into solution of cases like most police procedurals. It is just trying to give an overall picture of the lives of these police personnel; for example, some of the camaraderie and the built-up petulance that the various police have built up working together after years of high intense situations. This film won the jury prize at Cannes. The actor playing the role of police photographer is also the director of the film.

May 05, 2014

This movie is an artistic piece trying to express the unexpressionable truth of life which contains polar opposite elements. Hang on for a rough ride - this is only a small slice of life for the Child Protection Unit who at times gets punchy and laughs because it really hurts so much.

Aug 30, 2013

I'm not sure if this is for real or is it a parody. This movie amplifies the pedophiles as monsters stereotype that fuels the witch-hunt like paranoia that does far more harm than good. For example, the man arrested for touhing his dauthter's vulva and anus with a washcloth in the bath. Conversly, the child protection officer who talks his daughter through her bath while turning his back, when the extent of her ability to bath herself is to rub the cloth on her belly. He is a far greater risk to his child by neglecting to wash those areas that most need washing. Don't get me wrong, I'm not pro-pedophile but I am anti-puritan. I also feel that today's paranoia is driving the problem deeper, both socially and psychologically. Today's system is working as well as the war on drugs and we all know how well that is going.

Mar 04, 2013

A cop flick done in cinema verite style with truly impressive effects. THIS is how (realistic-feeling) flicks should be made! About a unit in charge of child abuse cases, with a cast of cops and perps that's completely engaging and seldom strikes a wrong note. One piece of dialogue only conflicts with this ('So why aren't you enjoying my birthday celebrations?'), which is notable for being the single one of several dozen that rings untrue. Quite a number of other scenes more than makes up for this (e.g. where they all get the giggles: *very* hard to pull of convincingly) Some superb acting that's obviously all semi-improvised but with the most convincing effect. Frequent use of non-actors also succeeds very nicely. Even a suicide that comes right out of the blue seems plausible, since the characters are given such apparent depth. Don't miss this. PS: It's got Karin Viard in a small but visible role (France's greatest living actress, to me).

Jan 06, 2013

What a tangled web of a film. The police unit in charge of "crimes against children" is torn apart with problems of their own than makes their clients look normal.
It's disturbing and brilliant.


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