Le Petit Lieutenant

French Title: Le Petit Lieutenant
Genre: Cop Thriller
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespert, Roschdy Zem, Antoine Chappey, Jacques Perrin, Xavier Beauvois, Bérangère Allaux
Run Time: 1 h 50 min
Country: France
Release: 09/2006 in the US
Awards: “Best actress” Cesar for Nathalie Baye in 2006

Presented at Focus on French Cinema in 2006

Antoine graduates from police academy and moves to Paris with dreams of fighting crime. His wife Julie refuses to leave their Normandy home, so during the week, he stays in rented digs in the city. The division’s new chief inspector Captain Vaudieu, a recovering alcoholic who lost her own son years ago, takes him under her wing. Antoine fits easily into her team of work-hard, playhard detectives. She involves him in the investigation of the murder of a homeless Pole. Then tragedy strikes and Vaudieu has to fight the old demons that she used to drown in drink.