A Cop Movie
Una película de policías
Be prepared to be surprised by this wildly inventive, hybrid documentary drama by Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios, following two Mexico City police officers on the beat.
Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes
Alonso Ruizpalacios, David Gaitán
Mónica Del Carmen, Raúl Briones
Mexico 2021. 107min
UK Distribution Netflix
With English subtitles
Meet tenacious Maria Teresa Hernández Cañas and her partner Montoya, two lowly police officers trying to maintain law and order in Mexico City. Each narrates and re-enacts the highs and lows of the job in this slick, 1970s-style action movie. With its immersive action sequences and coded language A Cop Movie takes the viewer to the very heart of what policing means in an expansive urban metropolis. A socially insightful and brilliantly corrosive study of institutional corruption, Ruizpalacios (Guëros, Museo) exposes the near impossibility of following the letter of the law when bribery and nepotism is a way of life. Bold, adventurous and ingenious, this genre-defying feature navigates the complexities of roleplay when the viewer cannot be entirely sure of the boundaries between the real and the fictitious.
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