Monday, August 01, 2011

POLISSE (Maïwenn, 2011)

A scrappy, immersive slice of French police life that crams in enough scenarios for a mini-series worth of special victims unit procedurals. It's a little crude, and hampered by a weirdly misjudged finale, but it's consistently enthralling. With a peerless ensemble of French veterans at her disposal, despite the busy interplotting, Maïwenn manages to bring off more than a dozen convincing and remarkably vivid characterisations. Through hectic snippets she renders the personal lives of this motley but very relatable crew just as compelling as their professional ones.

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