Edited by Solomon on 9/17/2015, 6:05 am
There are no subtitles on that source, but this is not an insuperable problem for those of us who take the time and trouble to conquer it.
This movie is quite amazing in how it holds your attention despite the fact that it has no conventional plot. It doesn't have a conventional episodic structure either. However, episodic may be the best way to describe it. Its main character is a plainclothes policeman (Didier Bezace) who works in a drug bust unit. The film develops his character thoroughly. The movie basically shows the work of the unit he's in and some of his personal relationships at home and with one particular stoolie-drug user-prostitute whom he likes a great deal and wants to save (Lara Guirao).
The movie basically reveals to us the nature of their work, the kinds of people they encounter, the people they arrest, the unit's own dysfunctions and failings, their frictions, their varied attitudes toward their work, their petty thefts, their brutality, their stakeouts, and their interactions with the broader society around them.
Bertrand Tavernier directed. I consider him a reliably good director. He did Coup de Torchon (1981), and he's also done other very good ones (that I know of) like "The Clockmaker of St. Paul", "The Judge and the Assassin", and "Round Midnight".