The Little Lieutenant: Xavier Beauvois opted for a sober treatment, attentive to detail [critique]

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The little lieutenant

A drama with Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespert and Roschdy Zem to (re) see this evening.

The Little Lieutenant, of Xavier Beauvois, will be broadcast at 9 p.m. on Arte, and is already visible in replay on the channel’s website. With an almost documentary concern, the director apprehends human nature through the routine life of a small Parisian police station. At the confluence of thriller and social chronicle, this raw simplicity film also paints a moving portrait of a woman. Nathalie Baye, Caesarized for her role of cop at the end of a long depressive tunnel (former alcoholic broken by the untimely death of her son), meets the fate of Jalil Lespert, a young lieutenant just graduated from the police academy with which will gradually form a mother-son relationship.

A sober and efficient film that the writing of First invites you to watch tonight: “ Where others would have inflated their words with a lot of nervous scenes or ultra-typical characters, Xavier Beauvois opted for a sober treatment, attentive to detail and, in the end, close to the documentary. These cops struggle with their past, their jitters and their indifference to the misfortunes of the world. They are those ‘too human humans’ who do what they can with what they have. The opportunity for Antoine, archetype of blue eager for sensations, to taste the thrills of the first corpse and the first autopsy, without thinking too much about it. An unconsciousness cleverly counterbalanced by the experience of Vaudieu and Solo, who form an impeccable trio with the young naive wolf. “

Nathalie Baye and her daughter reunited for Les Gardiennes, Laura Smet tells us

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