While the cases they deal with often seem absurd, Maïwenn had actual police officers on set during the entire shoot (which included over 150 hours of dailies) to ensure the narrative's credibility. The real accomplishment of "Polisse," in addition to handling sensitive material with light humor, is its tapestry of multiple characters and their interwoven stories and personalities. It seems unjust to single out just one from the stellar cast, but French rapper-turned-actor JoeyStarr's "Fred" (who also starred in "The Actress' Ball") is a revelation, with intensity in every word and movement.
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This dense film covers an astonishing amount of ground, via multiple cops and cases. It's like an entire season of a police procedural on speed and steroids. That's both good and bad. While Maiwenn covers the war between the sexes, generations and classes as well as established order vs. societal chaos, some scenes get short shrift. You feel the pressure these police are under, their need to release it--comedy relief is welcome--and the sacrifices they make for the greater good. The film is very real--and very grueling.