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Polisse review

A brutally realistic police drama

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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Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.