Along with "Polisse", one of the new wave of very personal French police dramas. Solid and moving. P.S. Watch for all the many movie posters hanging in most of the police offices, see how many you can spot!
A police drama that doesn't rely on movie cliches and background music to move the story along.The action doesn't feel forced but is realistic,almost low key,making this more of a character drama.
Made by Hollywood,this film would have had more than 2 scenes of violence,ending with an extended shoot out.
Nathalie Baye is simply brilliant,making us admire her character's investigative skills,and role as the boss.
This is a very good film, highly recommended. The police in this is not glamorous, no heroes, no action, just gritty scenery, petty bourgeouis characters, human misery, little criminals - and in the middle of all this an all too naive young policeman who becomes the victim of the mercilessly sad reality of modern life and crime. Documentary-style filming, outstanding acting, very humane, very sad.
The close observation and stripped-down settings of a '70s auteur film, the sensitivity of a character study and the subtlety of detail of a novel. People who think it's slow watch far too many commercial films. This one is accessible; it could have been shown in theater complexes twenty years ago.
On the surface this is as a straight-forward cadet detective story. Deep character development and a crime that lays the foundation for the primary plot is what distinguishes it from others in the genre. At times, elements are introduced and seemingly left unresolved, this continuous shift in character focus slowly becomes the key strategy of the film.
Five years before "Polisse", which feels a bit more complete. But "Le Petit Lieutenant" is smaller, more reduced. It pays for this with some simple stereotypes, but ends pleasantly realistic. Almost Dogma style. If that catches you, try it!