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Braquo: Season 1 / Braquo: Saison 1 (Version française)

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  • Actors: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Karole Rocher
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: April 3 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0079ILHOY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,083 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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A dark realistic cop series from world-famous filmmaker Olivier Marchal. Braquo follows a squad of Paris cops who exist in the blurred boundaries at the very edge of the law, often using violence and intimidation to get the job done. The lives of these officers change radically when their squad leader, falsely accused of corruption, commits suicide. Determined to clear his name they start 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, they must turn their backs on the laws they’re sworn to enforce if they are to uncover the truth. Facing constant danger from all sides - and with the two most likely outcomes being imprisonment or death – the stakes couldn’t be higher, but that merely serves to crank up the tension in this acclaimed series.


Lorsque leur commandant, injustement condamné dans une affaire, décide de se suicider, quatre flics de terrain se lancent dans une contre-enquête pour laver son honneur et confondre ses accusateurs. Double vie. Doubles personnalités. Partagés entre le bien et le mal. Conscients du danger permanent. Avec au bout, la prison ou la mort...

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This series starts amazingly, but frustratingly falls off somewhat in the 2nd half of the season as logic starts to breakdown, the main characters do -- and somehow get away with -- ever more outrageous stuff, and coincidence plays a bigger and bigger role.

That said, there’s still a lot to like in this exciting French series about rogue cops who are only a bit better than the criminals they chase. Playing like Sydney Lumet’s great 1970s and 80s films about New York cops on steroids, this show about a high profile band of morose, angry police who’ve long since abandoned the rule of order pulls off something quite amazing, which is making you care about these morally almost – but not quite completely – corrupt people.

The acting is terrific, as is the casting. These cops look like real people, not TV actors, yet still have just enough sexy cool and charisma to ensnare you. And the show has a look that is edgy and gritty in an effective and exciting way, with lots of camera movement, shadowy lighting and interesting angles (profiles seem as common as head on close ups).

The ‘bad guys’ in this case are not just the truly scummy criminals our group faces, but also Internal Affairs, who are constantly looking for a way to bring these cops down. That’s tricky, since the squad is politically popular for getting results and solving high profile cases, so IA can’t go after them without an airtight case, which these guys make very hard to do. They know how to cover their tracks.

If only they hadn’t felt the need to fill the show with quite so many complex plot lines that don’t quite hold up on closer examination, and ‘how can they possibly get out of this’ moments often resolved in ways that are hard to buy, this could have been a classic. As it is, it’s still well-worth seeing.
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Braquo is an awesome French crime caper featuring excellent acting, a well written script, and the type of depth rarely seen on many tv shows I have seen regardless of country. This an all around good buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d38342c) out of 5 stars A Parisian Cop Drama Kicks Off With 8 Episodes Of Brutal Mayhem In A Quest For Justice March 4 2014
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD
Prior to viewing the French cop drama "Braquo," I had heard it frequently compared to HBO's "The Wire." While this sets up certain expectations, I don't particularly feel that the comparison is apt. If anything, "Braquo" reminded me more of the FX's "The Shield." But I don't want to trivialize this terrifically bold and gritty series by suggesting it's a knock-off of an American counterpart. For this dark program is undeniably French and I mean that as a compliment! It plays with a lot of familiar concepts and cop conventions. For example, there is an elite (but somewhat rogue) band of police officers willing to color outside the lines of propriety to achieve results. While this may be the oldest plot line in the book, it stills feels remarkably fresh in "Braquo." The series in unrelentingly dark, intensely brutal at times, and as twisty as you'd want any tale to be. The action sequences are well orchestrated and the plot threads are surprisingly well written. Created by a former cop, Olivier Marchal, the story can feel both outlandish and true-to-life and that's a hard tone to maintain. Due to this, though, the series has a certain unpredictable quality and things may not always end up as you anticipate.

Season One (from 2009) and Season Two (from 2011) both got a North American DVD distribution and, having picked up both sets, I have found this a new binge-watching pleasure. I haven't enjoyed a series so much since I discovered "Spiral" (also from France). Both Seasons have 8 episodes stretched over 3 discs with each episode running approximately 46 minutes. There are no bonus features. And if you've gotten this far, I hope I don't have to mention that the series is in French with English subtitles.

Season One: The series kicks off with a killer plot line and establishes its violent tone quite quickly. The show is not for particularly sensitive viewers! Accused of malfeasance, a Parisian officer commits suicide in the premiere. His faithful squad mates (and best friends) seek to avenge his death and bring about justice at any cost. Jean-Hugues Anglade (a favorite of mine since Besson's great "La Femme Nikita") plays the squad's leader and is a pretty typical antihero. He can be both admirable and unhinged by equal measures. He seems somewhat chilly to his friend's widow, but undeniably committed to uncovering the truth. Another standout in the cast is Karole Rocher as the requisite tough chick. And the foursome is rounded out by wildcard Nicolas Duvauchelle and the unexpectedly sensitive Joseph Malerba. Pitted against a villain with a supremely obnoxious haircut (Geoffroy Thiebaut as Roland Vogel), there seems to be only three outcomes available. Their antics could lead to justice, death, or imprisonment.

Season Two: With everything that transpired in Season One, it's no wonder that Internal Affairs has gotten closer and more interested in our rogue band of cops. The freedom that they've experienced seems to be at an end. Anglade, in an effort to protect his team, makes a startling decision that all but disbands the unit. With everyone going a separate way, it takes a crisis to reunite the friends (even if it is outside the justice system). This time, our guys are completely on their own with both the police and the bad guys looking to take them out. While I did appreciate the new direction for Season Two (and it is exciting), it is also somewhat less real feeling. This may bother some, but I was more than compensated by the sheer entertainment value provided.

If you like International programming and/or gritty crime drama, "Braquo" is definitely a series worth checking out. (And while I'm at it, I'll give another shout-out to Spiral as well). KGHarris, 3/14.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d3834a4) out of 5 stars Good French drama Dec 21 2013
By David Owens - Published on
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One of the pleasures of 2013 for me was buying a universal region DVD player. Now I can watch discs from France, Denmark, Australia with no problem. ( I bought it new on eBay). So, this is a series about a squad of French detectives who are under cover, or at least plain clothes. They get in trouble with both the underworld criminals and the spineless police brass-no doubt a universal problem. The series follows them through 3 years, but I have only watched 2. Year 3 is $60 plus dollars, and I am just not that ready to part with that much money yet. I do recommend the series. It is not very brutal, can be slow at times, but for fans of this kind of genre-like me-itnis entertaining.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9da796fc) out of 5 stars Adrenalline Rush March 14 2013
By citan-uzuki - Published on
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Braquo is the story of a group of Paris police officers caught up in an escalating web of coverups and corruption. Max, Eddy, Theo, Walter, and Roxanne are elite members of the police force. They operate in that area where the lines between the police and the criminals are sometimes murky. Unlike what we would call a "Vice Squad" here in the U.S., this small group of plainclothes officers deal with crimes from prostitution all the way to homicide. Their methods, some of which bend the law itself, are very effective. They are good at what they do. And they get the job done, that others could not. As such, they are the tools that are not appreciated, or acknowledged, but are considered to be necessary for the fight against crime. They're tough, street-smart, and dedicated.

The story starts off with Max interrogating a rape suspect. Unable to get a confession out of the suspect, Max loses his temper and stabs the suspect in the eye. The suspect, Bennaissa, is taken to the hospital, Max is taken into custody. Internal Affairs proceeds with an inquiry into Max's conduct and history. Dismissal seems inevitable. Which would mean losing his pension. During the inquiry, Max commits suicide. Max was dismissed from service, posthumously. Because of the circumstances, Max's family are denied his pension. His squad reasoned out that if they could make Bennaissa recant his testimony and retract his charges, Max would be reinstated posthumously, and the family would become eligible for pension. They then formulate a plan to sneak Bennaissa, the rape suspect, out of police custody and convince him to recant his testimony against Max. Wearing masks and armed with shotguns, they sneak into the hospital and kidnap Bennaissa. The plan was to scare him into agreeing to take back his testimony against Max, and then return him back to the hospital. They take him to a vacant area outside of the city limits and proceeds to try to intimidate him into retracting his statements, as well as naming his accomplices in the rape. Just as before, Bennaissa proves to be stubborn and refuses to cooperate. Theo, high on drugs, loses his temper and shoots the suspect in the head. Now, the group will have to find a way to coverup the mess.

With an equally corrupt Internal Affairs officer hot on their trail, it is all the four could do to stay one step ahead. This is a story where all of the characters are grey and suitably complex. Those who enjoy HBO's "Game of Thrones" will enjoy this French import. Needless to say, this is for mature audiences only. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d383ac8) out of 5 stars The Shield Comes to Paris May 9 2014
By steve b - Published on
Format: DVD
Braquo concerns a group of French cops who break every rule and quite a few laws to get the bad guy. Keeping one step ahead of the those within the police who wish to bring them down. Yes you have it, The Shield has come to Paris. However this is no mere French copy of an American original. The main difference between these cops and the Strike Team is that unlike Vic and the boys they do not commit crimes for personnel gain but to catch the bad guys and keep themselves out of even more trouble. Their leader Eddie is also far more likable than Vic. Like the other French cop series Spiral, these cops do not comply with the French image of elegance, black leather and stubble being their look. If you like the tough school of cop drama then Braguo is for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d383bb8) out of 5 stars Incredible Detective Series Aug. 21 2014
By Creative Soul - Published on
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Wow! What a series! I had a different expectation when I first started watching this series. I thought it would be like - Spiral (Engranages) or like other foreign TV Detective series, but I was so wrong. This is a deep, dark experience into the underworld of an A team detective group. This series keeps you on the edge of your seat and shows a blurred vision of who the good guys and who the bad guys are. Great characterizations, great plots and great action. It was like watching people fall, fall, fall into a deep abyss and praying that they'll get out alive! Jean-Hugues Anglade is a wonderful actor that captures your attention in everything he does. All of the actors are simply wonderful. The character of Theo is one explosive guy! I was so hooked, that I had to order Season 2 right away. I highly recommend purchasing this season.