Festival de Cannes 70: Polisse, 2011

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.


Polisse starts as it means to go on, an unflinching depiction of a police department’s handling of their child protection duties. A touchy subject at the best of times, female filmmaker Maïwenn wastes no time with the grim, upsetting nature of the crimes against children, but she also manages to create a human clique with the crime officials. People who laugh, socialize, as well as having to cope with the trauma of their jobs. And being human, of course, there’s bound to be high tension and cracks emerging. It’s a well-made drama, packed with varying tones of expression, subject matter, changes of pace, and does not hold back in finishing on a shocker rather than a flourish. But that’s reality unfortunately. The film took the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.


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