Sunday, December 30, 2012

Movies Worth A Second Look: 'Polisse'

A harrowing look at the day-to-day work of the men and women who form the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police, this acclaimed French film received limited release in the United States in May 2012, but is worth a look on DVD and Blu-ray. The performances are superb with the focus entirely on the police officers who have to deal with child abuse and neglect cases on a daily basis and the emotional toll the work takes on them and their families. The subject matter is unpleasant but certainly relevant in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case. "Polisse" won the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for 13 César Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscar. While some of the film tends to drag and many of the scenes show the mundane way the unit approaches its work and builds a case,  there is a shocking ending that you will not be prepared for.

Watch the trailer for "Polisse" here.

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