Here’s a question for you. Why do we watch films? Is it to be entertained? Informed? To escape the harsh realities of our own existences, or to mimic such inevitable truths? Put most succinctly, cinema can be all of these things, with French director Maïwenn’s Polisse being a paragonic example.
Through a cinéma vérité lens, this politically weighty film accounts the daily lives of the eleven officials which make up Paris’ Police Juvenile Protection Unit. Dealing with despicable criminals one minute and victims of abuse the next, this Cannes Jury prize winning film is a complex, unforgiving reflection on the sides of society which people are more willing ignore.
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