Making a film about police officers in a Child Protection Unit was never going to be an easy feat. We’ve all seen the endless reruns of Law& Order: Special Victims Unit, but the searing drama Polisse is a far cry from that. Eschewing sensationalism in favour of a vérité-style, this gripping drama embeds you with the police unit – much like soldiers on the battlefield – and you witness the toll it takes to protect the innocent.
In this special edition of The Movie Club, ‘That Movie Guy’ Marc Fennell and I are joined by Polisse writer-director Maïwenn. Together we discuss just how she faced the terrible realities of a Paris Child Protection Unit, and how those truths became a galvanising force for everyone on set.