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Interview: Maïwenn Talks The Research And Multiple Cuts Of 'Polisse'

Photo of Christopher Bell By Christopher Bell | The Playlist May 17, 2012 at 6:50PM

After playing the victim in '70s horror throwback "High Tension" and directing the comparatively light dramedy "Actress' Ball," French thespian/filmmaker Maïwenn yearned for something a bit more serious. So what better topic to tackle than one focusing on France's Child Protection Unit (CPU)?
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Maïwenn in Polisse

After playing the victim in '70s horror throwback "High Tension" and directing the comparatively light dramedy "Actress' Ball," French thespian/filmmaker Maïwenn yearned for something a bit more serious. So what better topic to tackle than one focusing on France's Child Protection Unit (CPU)?

Sporting a large cast of characters (including the director and French rapper Joey Starr), "Polisse" shows the ins-and-outs of the police division that handles child welfare, from physical, sexual, and mental abuse to teen crimes. The filmmaker uses real incidents as a basis for the cases the officers deal with, while simultaneously delving into their personal lives, revealing how their job affects their familial relationships.

Polisse

Regardless of its rather plotless structure, "Polisse" chugs along well, with enough people to follow, and conflicts to focus on, that things stay consistently interesting. We sat down with the director and got some more information regarding her process, the difference between the theatrical and director's cuts, and what may be in store for her next. You can catch the movie when it opens May 18, check out the trailer here.

Research & Her Role
In researching the idea for the script, Maïwenn was able to get total access to the CPU, likening her work with them to an internship. "When I did the internship, I wasn't working as a photographer or documentarian there. I was taking notes, but I wasn't filming anything. I didn't want to have any technical equipment with me because I didn't want to scare them or turn them off," she explained. The filmmaker herself also plays a photographer following the CPU within the film, which could be considered some kind of meta-role given her previous involvement with the real department: "I always enjoy seeing the directors within the film. It's almost like Russian Dolls, but maybe it was also an extension of my role as a filmmaker."

DVD, Longer Cut, Longer Script
Running just over two hours, "Polisse" covers a lot of ground, but apparently there's more where that came from. "At the onset, the script was much longer," she mentioned, also noting that she worked on the screenplay every single day for nine months. She had to be unrelenting in the editing room, but later missed scenes that lay in the trash bin: "I did edit things, but some I regretted cutting," she disclosed, though found happiness in home video release. "I stuck them back in for the DVD, so what you see in the theaters is one film but the DVD version is another film, a director's cut of sorts." So what, in particular, didn't make it into theaters? "There were too many scenes with Joey Starr and myself, for example, so a lot of that had to be cut." A romance blooms between the two towards the middle of the movie, and Maïwenn and Starr have a tight chemistry together that helps balance the film's generally grim tone. More time with them should prove to be entertaining and even beneficial.

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