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Polisse review

In this intense, upsetting Cannes Jury Prize winner, French writer/director Maïwenn co-stars as a photographer following Paris’ Child Protection Unit through the daily barrage of incest and infant abuse.

Based on genuine cases, the film reveals its horrors in a matter-of-fact manner, taking care to show the characters grasping every chance for laughter - however inappropriate - amid the grimness.

Still, as the team’s personal/professional traumas clatter together to the wailing of babies, the prevailing sensation is shocked helplessness. Not for the faint-hearted, but it feels like the truth.

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