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Le Petit Lieutenant (2006)



Critic Consensus: A gritty, languidly paced crime drama that blends old-fashioned ambiance with modern cynicism.

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A young, inexperienced detective is inducted into an elite Paris plainclothes unit in Le Petit Lieutenant, directed by Xavier Beauvois (Don't Forget You're Going to Die). Antoine (Jalil Lespert or Human Resources) is as gung-ho as they come, and eager to learn everything he needs to know to be a good cop, although he misses his wife (Bérangère Allaux), a schoolteacher who stayed behind in the country when Antoine took his new job. Antoine socializes with his new comrades, who seem to drink an awful lot, with the exception of the unit commander, Caroline (Nathalie Baye), an alcoholic who has just returned from a long stint on desk duty. The other experienced detectives that Antoine looks up to are the cynical Louis (Antoine Chappey), and the stalwart Solo (Roschdy Zem), who in addition to the rigors of the job faces bigotry due to his Moroccan origin. When a Polish immigrant is found murdered in a canal near the station, the unit begins a methodical investigation, eventually learning that the victim was last seen with a couple of Russians. When a second victim is rescued from the waters of the canal a few days later, the case takes on a new urgency. As Antoine tries to fit in and learn on the job, Caroline struggles with her addiction and forms an almost maternal bond with the rookie. Le Petit Lieutenant also features Jacques Perrin, and was shown by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of their 2006 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi
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Nathalie Baye
as Caroline Vaudieu
Jalil Lespert
as Antoine Derouère
Jacques Perrin
as Clermont
Xavier Beauvois
as Nicolas Morbé
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Critic Reviews for Le Petit Lieutenant

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (26)

A quiet powerhouse of a film, an implacable, uncompromising French police drama, both old-fashioned and modern, that underlines the reasons impeccably made crime stories do so well on-screen.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

Le Petit Lieutenant shows how good French movies can be when they stay French and don't try to go international.

Full Review… | February 8, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

... you can sense Baye's struggling within the limits imposed on her.

Full Review… | January 26, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The film's plot, revolving around a murder investigation that turns nasty, ticks along smoothly and efficiently. But it's ultimately more of a character drama, and a reminder that great acting often has little to do with words.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Seattle Times
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Le Petit Lieutenant looks at Antoine's life with lyricism.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Beauvois makes the milieu his own, too, showing us credible and affecting human beings caught up in a world that often reveals humanity at its worst.

January 11, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Le Petit Lieutenant

Really really boring. I suppose that's the whole point of the movie though to get an inside look of what it's really like to be a cop and show that it's not all fun and games. I couldn't sit through more than 21 minutes of this thing so I should probably watch the whole thing before writing about it but i'm pretty sure that if the synopsis for the movie was a little more interesting then the rest of the movie would be too. But for me it wasn't.

Ken Cruiser
Ken Cruiser

Strikingly real French cop drama. Beauvois simply goes about telling his story and developing his characters with no Hollywood "tricks". Thankfully, the story is damn good and the characters are intriguing, which makes the events that unfold all the more powerful.

Curt C
Curt C

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