[Extended editions of two reviews hosted on Awards Daily associate Cannes platform, The Wrap.]
French filmmakers don‚Äôt appear to live under the same constraints as American filmmakers do. They usually are given enough room to tell their story however long they think it needs to be told. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn‚Äôt. With Ma√Øwenn Le Besco‚Äôs Polisse it almost works. What she needs is a good editor and someone to tell her when to stop. Still, there is much to applaud in the film, even if, in the end, it feels like too much to take in all at once.
Part of the problem of the film is Le Besco herself, who feels the need to not only write and direct the behemoth, but also to star in it. Her presence may be the one straw that breaks the camel‚Äôs back. She is simply too strong of a force to play a side character, and her movie seems to pull in two very different directions – the love story of Le Besco‚Äôs character and the ongoing saga of the police department that deals specifically with crimes against children.
Le Besco‚Äôs film revolves around a team of hardened police men and women whose lives are personally affected, every day, by the kind of terrible situations they find themselves in. Well-written, and beautifully acted, we dive into the lives of each one of them and discover the ways that hearing about tragedy every day begins to wear them down.