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Director: Xavier Beauvois     Starring: Jalil Lespert Nathalie Baye
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204035633
UPC: 741952310297
UPC 14: 00741952310297
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A Film by Xavier Beauvois
An ambitious young cop finds hiself in over his head when a routine investigation spirals out of control.

"A powerhouse of a film.  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"An absorbring and ultimately moving film.  Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"An impeccably wrought contemporary police story.  Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Kino Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/10/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 110 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3102
Video UPC UPC: 00741952310297
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: French
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: French
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Le Petit Lieutenant - DVD
By: Chris Cabin DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/30/2007 6:34 PM
Is procedure really that boring? For ages now, the great detectives and police officers of film noirs and action flicks have dreaded the idea of pushing papers, running by procedure and the loathsome task known as a "desk job." But isn't there such a thing as payoff? Isn't there a deeper, resounding thrill in seeing a case from first report to the click of the handcuffs? If you asked most studio pictures, the answer would be a cumulative "nope," but director Xavier Beauvois seems to be in love with the the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Antoine Chappey
Video Cast Info Jalil Lespert
Video Cast Info Nathalie Baye
Video Cast Info Roschdy Zem
Video Cast Info Caroline Champetier - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Cedric Anger, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Martine Cassinelli - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Martine Giordano - Editor
Video Cast Info Pascal Caucheteux - Producer
Video Cast Info Xavier Beauvois - Director


Winner (2005)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Xavier Beauvois, Label Europa Cinemas

Professional Reviews

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

Variety 7 of 10
"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." - Leslie Felperin 9 of 10
"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." - Tim Knight

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Baye,Nathalie
Product attributeLabel:   Koch Lorber Films Llc
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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