The 35-hour work week has all of France in its thrall. This film turns it into a feature about economic and familial politics. Read More »
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Set in Brittany, a detective called Nicolas Luhel is asked to unravel the circumstances of a teenage boy’s death. Read More »
Le petit lieutenant / The Young Lieutenant (2005) Xavier Beauvois, Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespert, Roschdy Zem, Crime, Drama
When a fresh young police academy graduate from provincial Le Havre volunteers for the high pressure world of the Parisian homicide squad, his schoolteacher wife is reluctant to go with him. He moves into a rooming house that caters to single cops as he embraces his fellow officers as an extended family. He becomes close to an Arab officer and his boss, a very professional but lonely, middle-aged female detective who is also a recovering alcoholic. Routine police procedure gives way to an intensive search among the city’s homeless for an undocumented Russian immigrant who may be responsible for a series of violent crimes.
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