A Cop Movie (Una pelÃcula de policÃas), dir. Alonso Ruizpalacios, Mexico 2021, 107 min., Spanish 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 are 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.
Sat, 09 Oct 2021
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