The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department's Juvenile Protection Unit - taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets and chewing over relationship issues at lunch; interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments. Knowing the worst exists and living with it. How do these cops balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day? Fred, the group's hypersensitive wild card, is going to have a hard time facing the scrutiny of Melissa, a photographer on a Ministry of the Interior assignment to document the unit.

Director : Maïwenn

Cast : Karin Viard, JoeyStarr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Maïwenn

Coproducer : Arte France Cinéma, Mars Films, Chaocorp, Shortcom, Europa Corp, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Arte, Cofinova 7, Soficinema 7, Marion, Wild Bunch

French distributor : Mars Films

Award(s) :

COLCOA Film Festival:

Prize: Special mention

Nominations: Critic’s special prize, Public special mention


Prizes: Best female newcomer; Best editing

Nominations: Best feature film, Best director, Best actress, best actor in a supporting role, best actress in a supporting role, Best cinematography, Best sound, Best original screenplay

Trophées du Film français 2012:

Nominations: Public’s trophy (elected by the TF1 Group websites internautes)

Les Globes:

Prize: Best actress

Nominations: Best film

Lumières de la presse étrangère:

Prize: Best directing

Nominations: Best actor, Best actress, Best screenplay

Résonances – Rencontres du Cinéma Citoyen:

Nominations: Films programmed

Grand Prix Cinéma ELLE:

Prize: Cinéma ELLE grand prize

Films, Femmes, Méditerranée:

Nominations: Closing film

Festival du Film Français d’Helvétie:

Nominations: White day

Paris Cinéma:

Nominations: Opening film

Festival de Cannes:

Prize: Jury’s prize

Nominations: Palme d’Or, Grand Prize, Award for Best Director, Œcuménique jury’s prize, Youth prize

Le Coup de Cœur des Cinémas Gaumont Pathé:

Prize: Cinémas Gaumont Pathé Coup de Coeur

Prix Jacques Deray: 

Prize: Jacques Deray Prize

Lumière sur… by Kinepolis:

Prize: Lights on… by Kinepolis

Release date : 19/10/2011

Cinema admissions : 2 414 418