L.627 (1992)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Police Drama, Social Problem Film, Crime Drama, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 140 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Paul Brenner

Bertrand Tavernier directed this gritty, unglamorous look at the grunge work police officers perform in attempting to uphold the law. Didier Bazace stars as Lucien Marguet, a drug squad cop who is dedicated to getting drugs off the street. Lucien is passionate about eradicating drugs, even though his small drug busts barely put a dent in the rampant drug use throughout the city. But still Lucien persists. He confronts HIV-positive prostitute Cecile (Lara Guirao) about her drug habit and criticizes his paper-shuffling boss Dodo (Jean-Paul Comart) for not making the big drug busts and concentrating, instead, on the small-timers. Tavernier takes his camera into the drab goings-on of a dedicated cop, and the fascination lies in the intensity of Lucien's appointed cause as he continues unappreciated and ignored.

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boss [employer], drug-addiction, drug-bust, drugs, law-enforcement, police-officer, prostitute/prostitution