Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Maïwenn
Production: IFC Films
  7 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

Based on real-life cases handled by the Paris CPU (Child Protection Unit)

You know, some things are allowed

and others aren't allowed.

So, with you, did somebody

do something that was wrong?

It was my daddy.


What did your daddy do?

He scratched my bottom.

Okay, tell me...

When he scratches your bottom,

where are you?

In my bedroom.

In your bedroom?

Do you have your own room?


What's your room like?

Pink and white.

Like that.

Pretty, isn't it?

I love pink.

Ask her, was it at night?

Over or under her pajamas?


I need you to help me understand.

- Will you help me?

- Yes.

What does Daddy do in your bedroom?

- Scratches my bottom!

- Okay.

Where's your bottom?

Under my leggings-

I don't understand.

Why did Daddy do that?

Because he wanted to.

Does Daddy scratch

over or under your leggings?

Under my pajamas.

Does he take off your pajamas?


And are you awake?


No, you're asleep?

So you don't remember?

If Daddy did it, you have to tell us.

But if he didn't,

don't go telling tales.



You remember Daddy

scratching your bottom?

- What did you say?

- Nothing.

- Don't lie to Daddy.

- We're not lying.

- Tell the truth.

- It is the truth.

Don't cover up for Mommy.

- Do you love Daddy?

- Yes.

- Swear!

- We swear.

- You crossed hands.

- We swear.

Hands like that.

On the table.

What about our toes?

Don't cross your toes.

You're crossing your feet, aren't you?

Swear you won't lie.

We swear We won't lie.

- Always tell the truth.

- We'll always tell the truth.

This is the time to laugh and to sing

On children's island, every day is spring

It's the gleeful land of happy children

And lovely monsters Yes, it's paradise

This garden is not so far

It just takes a little imagination

So here or there, Wherever you are

Flowers, songs and laughter will grow

This is the time to laugh and to sing...

If only

your parents

Wanted to five on our island

Everything would be

so much happier

And everybody's lives so much easier

This is the time to laugh and to sing...

And lovely monsters

Yes, it's paradise

I'm asking you

if you had a hard-on or not, sir.

- No, I didn't.

- It's simple.

No hard-on?

So what's all this about a Wiener?

She can say what she wants.

Was it poking out? Out of your...

Maybe she watches too many TV movies.

I see.

Where on TV would she get

such a precise description?

You have kids?

Sir, you have been indicted

on charges of

rape of a minor by a family member.

So if there's a time

to tell the full story

so she can rebuild her life,

it's now.

your granddaughter again.

So, you gave her a hug...

I already told you.

I gave her a hug as usual.

Like any grandfather.

And then, I've no idea why,

my hand kind of slipped and I...

And all of a sudden...

I stroked her kitty-cat

and I gave it a kiss but nothing else.

Your granddad says

he just kissed your kitty-cat.

Did he do anything else?

I didn't rub up against her.

- Yes, you did!

- That's not true!

Why talk about rubbing,

when she hasn't mentioned it?

She said it this morning.

Sorry, I don't know who told you that,

but you've no idea

what she told us or not.

Did you rub on her?

No. If I have to say I did

to protect her, I will.

- If you want.

- To protect her?

The best way to protect her

is to tell the truth.

You always believe the kids?

- Not always.

- No, sir.

So what happened?

I undressed

and caressed her, and y'know.


Y'know doesn't exist

For a judge, it means nothing.

Marie, don't tell fibs.

Tell the truth now.

"Tell the truth"?

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Maïwenn (sometimes credited as Maïwenn Besco or her birth name Maïwenn Le Besco, French: [maj.wɛn lə bɛs.ko]; born 17 April 1976) is a French actress, film director and screenwriter. more…

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