Missy Schwartz
April 13, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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
Cedric Anger, Xavier Beauvois
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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