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Le petit lieutenant (2005)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 16 November 2005 (France)
A rookie policeman from provincial Le Havre volunteers for the high pressure Parisian homicide bureau and is assigned to a middle-aged woman detective.

Director:

Xavier Beauvois

Writers:

Xavier Beauvois (scenario), Guillaume Bréaud (scenario) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalie Baye ... Commandant Caroline "Caro" Vaudieu
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Antoine Derouère
Roschdy Zem ... Solo
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Louis Mallet
Jacques Perrin ... Le juge Serge Clermont
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... L'Anglais
Patrick Chauvel Patrick Chauvel ... Le lieutenant Patrick Belval
Jean Lespert Jean Lespert ... M. Derouère, le père d'Antoine
Annick Le Goff Annick Le Goff ... Mme Derouère, la mère d'Antoine
Bérangère Allaux Bérangère Allaux ... Julie Derouère, la femme d'Antoine
Mireille Franchino Mireille Franchino ... Mireille, la logeuse
Yaniss Lespert Yaniss Lespert ... Alex Derouère, le frère d'Antoine (as Yanis Lespert)
Xavier Beauvois ... Nicolas Morbé
Philippe Lecompt Philippe Lecompt ... Armurier
Pierre Aussedat Pierre Aussedat ... Commissaire
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Storyline

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. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Polish | Russian

Release Date:

16 November 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Visa d'exploitation en France #111314 See more »

Goofs

Reflected in window as Vaudieu and Solo exit the church. See more »

Quotes

Mireille, la logeuse: [after Antoine introduces himself as Lieutenant Derouère] These days, it's "Lieutenant" and "Captain." It's too much like the Army. Not that I don't like the Army, but "Monsieur l'Inspecteur"... It makes me think of Maigret...
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Two movies in one
6 January 2007 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

This is the procedure school. It starts as a rather hectic story about the young policeman starting his job in a hectic Paris and ends in a classic British murder case, as it's seen in many many TV productions from BBC.

But the Parisian police force is shown as real human beings this time, including alcohol problems, which is quite rare in French movies. The French attitude to alcohol has always been that there never can be any problems about it, because we're French. Anyway, after a while the movie is focused on the female Captain instead of the young copper. There's one main character in the beginning of the film and another at the end.

Rather OK as police movie, but rather soon to be forgotten anyway.


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