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