REVIEW | Polisse
Perhaps it was the double bill the night before that culminated in a midnight screening of Prometheus and an hour and a half journey home, but this film seemed very long. A drama that seems half documentary and half episodic soap opera, it follows a child protection unit in Paris and a photographer who has been assigned to them. The director (who also wrote the film and plays the photographer) saw a documentary on the subject and then spent an extended amount of time with the CPU as research for the film and she states that the cases in the movie are based on those that happened in real life and, while that is disturbing, it never quite managed to shock me. Outside of the work place, the narrative is nothing more than generic really. I understand that this kind of work is likely to negatively impact on your world outside of work and the film never manages to cut deeper than that. A lightweight film covering a morally heavy subject, it is worth a watch but not worth rushing to do so.
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