Police

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

A hard-bitten expose of the volatile Parisian criminal underworld, starring Gerard Depardieu as a brawny, animalistic cop who crosses over to the other side of the law when it suits him. The film opens with a long, purposely tedious interrogation scene as Mangin (Depardieu) plays a game of cat-and-mouse with a nervous North African drug dealer. Mangin...read more

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A hard-bitten expose of the volatile Parisian criminal underworld, starring Gerard Depardieu as a brawny, animalistic cop who crosses over to the other side of the law when it suits him.

The film opens with a long, purposely tedious interrogation scene as Mangin (Depardieu) plays a game of cat-and-mouse with a nervous North African drug dealer. Mangin follows his leads to drug dealer Simon (Jonathan Leina), a Tunisian who has come to Paris with his many brothers and his

streetwise, sensual teenage sister Noria (Sophie Marceau). Mangin nabs them both and throws them into jail. Upon her release, Noria contrives a clever plan to steal a cache of drug money, gradually luring Mangin into the scam.

If not wholly successful as a narrative, POLICE displays a welcome stylistic restraint. Director Pialat not only allows his actors the freedom of improvisation, but also avoids censoring their characters, passing no judgment on their moral qualities. Certain scenes drag, others are perhaps too

diffuse and improvisatory. Depardieu is excellent, though his abrupt change from brute to sensitive lover is perhaps too conspicuous. Marceau proves her range by turning in a performance poles apart from her charming, dewy teenager in LA BOUM.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
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