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Polisse (15)

Polisse (15)

Crime, Drama

A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.

The critical consensus

Individual confrontations and performances (not least Louis-Do de Lenquessaing’s unrepentant molester) impress, and there are interesting ideas here about the gulf between the world-weary adults and the prematurely-sexualised and often foul-mouthed adolescents, but overall Polisse is a clear case of a film that needed much more stringent editing.

***(*)(*)Tom Dawson, The List, 16/05/2012

It’s messy, immersive and vital.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 10/06/2012

Unsparing in its portrayal of the seedier side of French society, only Polisse's loose focus keeps it from matching The Class for emotional punch. It's still a worthy companion piece to TV police procedurals like Spiral.

***(*)(*)Patrick Peters, Empire Online, 11/06/2012

Not for the faint-hearted, but it feels like the truth.

****(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 13/06/2012

This is a winning mix of shocking drama and engaging intimacy from which it's hard to look away.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 14/06/2012

A drama with interesting moments, but also some false notes and a wildly bizarre ending.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 14/06/2012

There's something off-putting in its alternation of sentimentality and self-righteousness.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 15/06/2012

It's frank about the harrowing crimes they contend with, and the unbearable pressure such crimes place upon them, but that makes its willingness to be funny all the more laudable.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 17/06/2012

Shot with documentary-like realism it is tough, unsparing and illuminating, although too many characters jostle for attention.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 17/06/2012

The performances are uniformly excellent, but the charismatic rapper Joeystarr is particularly impressive.

Philip French, The Observer, 17/06/2012

All of human life is here and while a lot of it is ugly, the film does a good job of dramatising the fact that there are also forces of good working tirelessly to give the most vulnerable a fighting chance.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/06/2012

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday June 22, 2012, until Thursday June 28, 2012. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday June 22, 2012, until Thursday June 28, 2012. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday July 6, 2012, until Thursday July 12, 2012. More info:

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