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Polisse Review


Very Good
With a strong blast of real-life, this sprawling film explores the Paris child protection unit from every conceivable angle. Shot like a fly-on-the-wall documentary, the actors and situations are so authentic that it's often uncomfortable to watch.

The officers working to protect children in Paris form a close-knit team that deals with huge pressures every day. To survive requires a cynical sense of humour, a fiery dose of righteous rage and an ability to hold your drink on stress-releasing nights out. This kind of police work demands full attention and a lot of passion, but it also takes a personal toll: Nadine (Viard) has left her husband for her colleague Iris (Fois), and Fred (Starr) is both infuriated by and attracted to team photographer Melissa (Maiwenn).

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Potiche Review


Excellent
A sense of barbed optimism infuses this 1977-set French comedy. Not only does it keep a smile on our faces, but it also quietly says some potent things about old prejudices that still linger in Western society.

Life-loving Suzanne (Deneuve) is married to uptight umbrella factory manager Robert (Luchini). Their daughter Joelle (Godreche) is fed up with her controlling husband, determined not to become a trophy wife like her mother, while their son Laurent (Renier) is marrying someone Robert feels is unacceptable. Meanwhile, the union is on strike for better conditions, and when Robert refuses to give his workers anything, Suzanne starts negotiating with a union-friendly local politician Maurice (Debardieu) with whom she has a past.

Soon the children and Robert's secretary (Viard) are in the middle of a farce.

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Potiche Trailer


The Pujol family make umbrellas, in the town of Sainte-Gudule. Robert is the head of the family and he rules his business and household in a very similar fashion. His wife, Suzanne, is a very bright and beautiful woman who's mothered their children and allowed Robert to get on with running the family business. Remember, in 1977, a womans place was in the home and the fairer sex wasn't respected in industry.

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Delicatessen Review


Excellent
Before Jean-Pierre Jeunet became the critics' darling with this whimsical romance Amelie, he was known to geek film aficionados the world over for crafting one of the early '90s most audacious and thrilling cult sleepers, Delicatessen.

It's really quite shameful that the majority of Americans who enjoy Amelie and Jeunet's ill-fated follow up, the overlong but beautiful and quirky A Very Long Engagement, know nothing of Delicatessen. While Alien fans scoffed at Jeunet's wicked retooling of the franchise with Alien:Alien: Resurrection, it was but a pale shadow of his early, dark work with his co-collaborator and muse, Marc Caro.

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Delicatessen Review


Excellent
Before Jean-Pierre Jeunet became the critics' darling with this whimsical romance Amelie, he was known to geek film aficionados the world over for crafting one of the early '90s most audacious and thrilling cult sleepers, Delicatessen.

It's really quite shameful that the majority of Americans who enjoy Amelie and Jeunet's ill-fated follow up, the overlong but beautiful and quirky A Very Long Engagement, know nothing of Delicatessen. While Alien fans scoffed at Jeunet's wicked retooling of the franchise with Alien:Alien: Resurrection, it was but a pale shadow of his early, dark work with his co-collaborator and muse, Marc Caro.

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Time Out Review


Very Good
Laurent Cantet effectively captures difficult feelings in Time Out, a French film about a family man who pretends to start a prominent job. Vincent (Aurélien Recoing) drives around Switzerland, pretending to be useful, trying to put up a successful façade while he crumbles inside.

Ennui and discontent aren't exactly propelling forces, which is why Time Out falls a bit flat. It isn't that the film is inadequate -- far from it. Like a long stretch of unemployment, too much dissatisfaction can lose its charm.

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Polisse Movie Review

Polisse Movie Review

With a strong blast of real-life, this sprawling film explores the Paris child protection unit...

Potiche Movie Review

Potiche Movie Review

A sense of barbed optimism infuses this 1977-set French comedy. Not only does it keep...

Potiche Trailer

Potiche Trailer

The Pujol family make umbrellas, in the town of Sainte-Gudule. Robert is the head of...

Delicatessen Movie Review

Delicatessen Movie Review

Before Jean-Pierre Jeunet became the critics' darling with this whimsical romance Amelie, he was known...

Delicatessen Movie Review

Delicatessen Movie Review

Before Jean-Pierre Jeunet became the critics' darling with this whimsical romance Amelie, he was known...

Time Out Movie Review

Time Out Movie Review

Laurent Cantet effectively captures difficult feelings in Time Out, a French film about a family...

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