Braquo: Complete Season 1 DVD
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Directed by Olivier Marchal
Produced in 2009
Main Language - French with English subtitles
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A gritty crime series directed by filmmaker and former police officer Olivier Marchal (36 Quai des Orfèvres), this will appeal to fans of The Killing. It's strong meat, says Barry Forshaw.
If you consider yourself an aficionado of the most uncompromising crime series on TV - and you haven't yet watched Braquo - you're missing something. This flint-edged, dyspeptic and utterly compelling series (often described as the French The Wire) is so uncompromising - even nihilistic - in its view of French police work that it makes such gritty rivals as Spiral look positively rose-coloured.
Apart from its impeccable ensemble playing (with Jean Hugues-Anglade mesmerising as ever as a compromised Parisian cop finding himself drawn ever deeper into realms of corruption and violence after the suicide of the leader of his squad), the really provocative aspect of the series lies not so much in the visceral impact of the filmmaking but in the uneasy dialogue it sets up with the viewer. As the team is drawn into ever more brutal territory in pursuit of a variety of criminals, with an internal affairs team (presented in highly unsympathetic fashion) hard on their heels, it's hard to decide how much director Olivier Marchal (36 Quai des Orfèvres) wants us to sympathise with the beleaguered maverick heroes. And it's a measure of the sheer skill of Braquo that most viewers will spend their time veering between being on the side of the French cops as they perform another outrageous stunt (including armed robbery) or shouting at the screen: 'What are you doing?'
Never comfortable viewing, the series is essential for those who like the equation: crime drama=strong meat.
Barry Forshaw on 12th January 2012
Author of 565 reviews
Hailed as the France’s answer to The Wire, Braquo (French slang for 'Heist') has mesmerised UK viewers with its dark, violent and gritty storylines. One of the most gripping and brutal police series of the last decade, fans of The Killing and The Shield will love Braquo.
Directed by filmmaker and former police officer Olivier Marchal, and starring Jean-Hugues Anglade, Braquo (slang for 'Heist') follows a squad of Parisian police officers who exist in the blurred boundaries at the very edge of the law, often using violence and intimidation in order to get the job done.
The lives of the officers radically change when their leader, falsely accused of corruption, commits suicide. Determined to clear his name they begin an investigation of their own, only to find that the police department itself stands in their way. Driven by adrenaline and a thirst for justice, the remaining officers must turn their backs on the laws they swore to enforce, if they are to uncover the truth.
Publisher: Arrow E1
Length: 416 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 widescreen
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 30th April 2012
Cat No: FCD608
- 2 discs