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TIME CHANGE: "Polisse",­ winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes 2011

Polisse is a vivid portrait of the Paris police department’s Child Protection Unit, a tight-knit group of colleagues whose emotionally draining work (like protecting children from sexual predators within their own family) affects their private lives as well as their relationships on the job. The grisly, sometimes heartbreaking cases they encounter on a daily basis would touch, or distress, anyone not made of stone.  There are no weak links in the cast, an impressive array of French cinema stalwarts who make their flawed characters seem absolutely real. Polisse is an extreme alternative to the Hollywood summer movie—the polar opposite of escapism. But it is a striking and unusual piece of work that’s well worth seeing.

- Leonard Maltin, famous movie critic

Genre: Crime, Drama
Duration: 2 hrs, 7 min
Director: Maïwenn
Stars: Karin Viard, Joey Starr, Marina Foïs
Language: French with English subtitles and Thai subtitles
Ticket Price: 100 baht

72% of viewers liked this movie (out of 6,107 votes)
88% of selected movie critics recommended it (out of 76 reviews)


Locations and Schedule

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Coffee, snacks, and conversation at True Life / True Coffee (old branch) corner of Siam Square Soi 3 (one block off Rama 1 Road), not to be confused with the two newer True Coffee branches in Siam Square.  (Yes, there are THREE True Coffee branches in Siam Square.)Please read the detailed directions below so you don't end up at the wrong True Coffee branch.

9:00 pm - Walk to the theater. We will buy the tickets together so the group can sit together.  Tickets are only 100 baht per person (every-day price there). 

9:20 pm - 11:40 pm - The movie, "Polisse" at the Apex Lido Cinema, Siam Square.

Because this movie is later than usual, we will not be holding our regular 10-minute discussion of the film afterwards.  This will allow you to get to the Skytrain before it closes.

You can attend the coffee hour and/or the movie.  You don't have to be at both.

Click on "Will you attend?", above right to RSVP that you will be there.


(1) Leave the BTS Skytrain Siam (Central) Station at Exit 2.  Next, skip to Step (2).

If you're not arriving by Skytrain and you're walking under the Skytrain station towards MBK, pass by True Coffee (not the one where we will be) and the Apple Shop in the building called "Digital Gateway". Next, skip to step (3).

(2) When you reach the bottom of the stairs, do a "U-turn" to head in the opposite direction past True Coffee (not the one where we will be) and the Apple Shop in the building called "Digital Gateway." 

(3) When you reach the cross street, you are at Siam Square Soi 3

(4) Turn left and walk one block. On the corner, you will see True Life / True Coffee.  (The two other True Coffee shops in Siam Square do not have "True Life" in their name.)  It's across the street from Kasikorn Bank (K-Bank). We will be on the ground floor. 

Grab coffee and a snack and join us for 60 minutes of conversation before we go to the movie!



Art, Organizer
Bangkok Coffee and Movie Meetup

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  • michael j.

    Absolutely out of the box, really so French. I caught the live hard party hard when living in the fast lane, a cops do.

    The subject was very dark as Ken mention, but there was also part which showed the compassionate heart of humans. My appreciation Art had you not chosen this movie I doubt I would ever have seen it.

    The end blew me completely!

    I hope to see the next movie you select!

    Looking frorward.

    April 28, 2013

    • John S.

      At times, it felt like I was watching a documentary on The Child Protection Unit of a French police force. That's when I really enjoyed this film. Sadly the filmmaker is guilty of jamming too many dramatic scenes in the second half of the film making an already too long movie even longer! 3 out of 4 stars.

      1 · April 28, 2013

  • Ken

    Agree - good movie - but so much dialogue and so rapid - reading the subtitles was like reading a novel as a speed reader. The child abuse was so dark but I think not at all unrealistic - I do feel that the French romance/affairs was exaggerated - it was like every person was having an affair - but still very interesting - despite the length.

    The other great thing about this meeting is all the diverse and interesting people who attend - it is always great to meet everyone from around the world - Thanks Art !!

    April 28, 2013

  • John S.

    Good film. Too long BUT nice story.

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very moving film........

    April 28, 2013

  • doriana

    sorry we can't make it this time as something came up. looking forward to the next one.
    thanks Art for organising.

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Which floor at Siam square please?

    April 26, 2013

    • Art

      At True Life / True Coffee, we will be on the ground floor. See you there.

      1 · April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! See you later

      April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry to miss this, i forgot about a previous commitment on the same day. enjoy the film! i will just watch it some other day..

    April 25, 2013

  • John S.

    The Bangkok Coffee and Movie Meetup is the BEST meetup in BKK!

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • James M.

    Sounds very interesting, Art.

    2 · April 23, 2013

  • Ken

    I totally agree with Michael Jacobsen - looking forward to the movie and many thanks, Art, for organizing.

    April 22, 2013

  • Neil P.

    Sorry but still out of town.

    April 22, 2013

  • ToBi

    Other meetup, same day, same time :-(

    April 22, 2013

  • michael j.

    A big thanks to you, I appreciate your effort to make such selection of movies. I am looking forward to this evening as well as meeting up with the wonderful group of welcoming people who get together to watch the movies.

    Once again Art thanks for organizing these events!

    2 · April 22, 2013

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