Mangin, a police inspector in Paris, leans hard on informants to get evidence on three Tunisian brothers who traffic in drugs. He arrests one, Simon, and his girl-friend Noria. Simon’s brothers go to their lawyer. He springs Noria, who promptly steals 2 million francs that belong to the Tunisians. They suspect her of the theft; her life as well as the lawyer’s is in danger.
Meanwhile, Noria is playing with both the lawyer and Mangin’s affections. Mangin is mercurial anyway: intimidating and bloodying suspects, falling for a police commission trainee before flipping for Noria, wearing his emotions on his sleeve. Can he save the lawyer and Noria, and can he convince her to love?
Police is a 1985 French romantic crime drama film directed by Maurice Pialat and starring Gérard Depardieu, Sophie Marceau, and Sandrine Bonnaire. Written by Catherine Breillat, the film is about a moody, jaded police detective investigating a drug ring who falls for a mysterious woman and is drawn into a shady and dangerous scheme. The film had 1,830,970 admissions in France.
The film was nominated for a César for Best Editing in 1986, as well as a Best Actor nomination for Depardieu. Depardieu also won the Best Actor award from the Venice Film Festival in 1985 for his performance of the conflicted Mangin.
Directed by: Maurice Pialat
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Sophie Marceau, Richard Anconina, Pascale Rocard, Sandrine Bonnaire, Franck Karoui, Jacques Mathou
Screenplay by: Catherine Breillat
Production Design by: Constantin Mejinsky
Cinematography by: Luciano Tovoli
Film Editing by: Yann Dedet
Costume Design by: Malika Brahim
Distributed by: Gaumont
Release Date: September 4, 1985 (France)