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Le Petit Lieutenant

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Le Petit Lieutenant

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
110 minutes
Wide Release Date:
09/08/06
performer:
Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespert
director:
Xavier Beauvois
distributor:
Koch Lorber
author:
60516, 80716
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B

A slow-burn police tale shot in a perpetually gray Paris, Le Petit Lieutenant is cinema vérité for the patient, a movie that finds drama not in bloody shoot-outs but in quotidian details like the loading of a gun. Nathalie Baye (Catch Me if You Can) plays an alcoholic detective breaking in an eager rookie (Jalil Lespert) while investigating the murder of a homeless man. She is, as always, superb, capable of conveying a lifetime of pain simply by glancing at a gin bottle.
EXTRAS A trailer and photo gallery, both entirely skippable. B

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