Occasionally, foreign films become so successful overseas (see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) that they make their way over to the States. Writer-director Maïwenn’s Polisse might be one of those films, though we doubt it will hit Crouching Tiger levels — not many do.
The film has won of tons of European awards including several from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Maïwenn based her script for the movie off real child investigations from the Child Protection Unit in Paris. You might recognize Maïwenn from The Fifth Element (she was the alien opera singer) or the great French horror film High Tension.
Maïwenn stars in the film as an embedded photojournalist attempting to find the humanity behind the tightly knit group of men and women in the CPU. Polisse follows the group as they deal with the emotional strain of the uphill battle against both criminals and bureaucracy. Fans of French film should recognize many of the ensemble including Karin Viard, Marina Fois, Emmanuelle Bercot (who co-wrote the film), Nicolas Duvauchelle and rapper-turned-actor Joeystarr.
Polisse will be out on a limited release starting May 18.