Film review: Polisse

By Helene Wong In Film

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29th November, 2012
It takes a few minutes to settle into Polisse – no expositional preamble, action and dialogue at breakneck pace, and is it drama or documentary? There’s the appearance of the latter, but soon criss-crossing storylines and sketched-in character arcs reveal themselves in a breathless mosaic of emotions and conflicts. You’ve been dropped into the world of Paris’s Child Protection Unit, where police deal with a never-ending river of cases from petty thievery to molestation. This multi-camera, unvarnished slice-of-life looks at the cops who do this work – showing the psychological ...

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