Le Petit Lieutenant

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An ambitious young cop finds hiself in over his head when a routine investigation spirals out of control.


Studio Kino Video
SKU 204035633
UPC 741952310297
UPC 14 00741952310297
Format DVD
Release Date 4/10/2007
Big City
Film Noir
Paris, France
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This French drama follows a newly recruited police officer, Antoine (Jalil Lespert), in Paris. Antoine's career is unremarkable, until the discovery of a dead body floating in the Seine changes his life forever.
New York Times "The tough, satisfying French film LE PETIT LIEUTENANT is an austere drama..." 09/08/2006 p.E12
Entertainment Weekly "[Baye] is, as always, superb, capable of conveying a lifetime of pain simply by glancing at a gin bottle." -- Grade: B 04/27/2007 49
Xavier Beauvois
Jalil Lespert
Nathalie Baye
Cast & Crew
Antoine Chappey - Actor
Caroline Champetier - Cinematographer
Cedric Anger, et. al. - Writer
Jalil Lespert - Actor
Martine Cassinelli - Executive Producer
Martine Giordano - Editor
Nathalie Baye - Actor
Pascal Caucheteux - Producer
Roschdy Zem - Actor
Xavier Beauvois - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 3102
UPC 00741952310297
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color Color
Original Language French
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks French
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Winner (2005) Venice Film Festival, Xavier Beauvois, Label Europa Cinemas
ReviewSource Variety
Review "Low-key Gallic cop pic ""The Young Lieutenant"" seems so determined to reproduce the drudgery of police work, it's boring for the first hour, and only marginally more exciting for the second. Inert, deliberately unaffecting direction by fourth-time helmer Xavier Beauvois (""To Matthieu,"" ""Don't Forget You're Going to Die"") squanders potentially interesting script research and an impressive cast, led by Nathalie Baye, playing against type as a cop, and Jalil Lespert in the title role...The strategy to underplay pays off in scenes that might otherwise have been hammy, like Vaudieu's fall from sobriety, which Baye pulls off with sorrowful dignity. However, over the long haul, it becomes hard to work up any sense of engagement with such benumbed characters...Lensing by d.p. Caroline Champetier, featuring smooth steadicam work by Jean-Baptiste Thibaud and Nicolas Dollander is congruent with the pic's general smooth, unobtrusive style."
Reviewer Leslie Felperin
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review "A gritty, quietly compelling amalgam of police procedural drama and character study, Le Petit Lieutenant (2005) is an understated triumph from actor/writer/director Xavier Beauvois...Sparely told, yet emotionally textured, Beauvois' fourth film favorably recalls the police films of Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Prince of the City) in its attention to detail and emphasis on character development. Although rising French star Jalil Lespert (Human Resources) plays the title character, the always welcome Nathalie Baye (Venus Beauty Institute) dominates Le Petit Lieutenant with her subtle, deeply felt turn as the title character's commander, a recovering alcoholic overseeing the Paris detective unit."
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 9
DVD, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Baye,Nathalie
Label Koch Lorber Films Llc
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times A powerhouse of a film.
Leah Rozen, People Magazine An absorbring and ultimately moving film.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times An impeccably wrought contemporary police story.

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