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A Cop Movie(Una película de policías)

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Mexico · 2021
1h 47m
Director Alonso Ruizpalacios
Starring Mónica del Carmen, Raúl Briones
Genre Documentary

The film follows two police officers, Maria Cañas and her partner Montoya, as they attempt to maintain law and order in Mexico City. In a docufiction fashion, each cop reenacts the highs and lows of the job, alongside the near impossibility of policing in a city where bribery and nepotism are the way of life.

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Screen Daily by Allan Hunter

The layering of styles and perspectives provides a sympathetic insight into the motivations and real life experiences of police officers working within a fundamentally corrupt system.


The Playlist by Carlos Aguilar

Far from being copraganda, A Cop Movie, the new feature from director Alonso Ruizpalacios (“Güeros,” “Museo”), is a formally daring and incisive deep dive into their performance of authority.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

Alonso Ruizpalacios voices a profound sense of powerlessness on the part of the police without sentimentalizing the abuses and biases of the profession.


The Film Stage by David Katz

A Cop Movie is too gentle to rouse new disdain for an institution currently subject to such piercing critique. It chooses to make the self-consciousness about its subject matter into a twee form of guilty self-awareness, when what’s needed is bitter medicine, or just insights that better challenge our moral certainties.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Director Alonso Ruizpalacios’ exciting and unpredictable look at a pair of Mexico City police officers blends documentary and narrative techniques to deliver a refreshing and innovative look at the challenges of modern-day police work — as well as the underlying corruption that makes the most earnest officers vulnerable to a system rigged against them.


Variety by Peter Debruge

At times, A Cop Movie seems unnecessarily convoluted in its structure, but by the end, the brilliance of its design becomes clear: This is nothing short of an existential inquiry into what it takes to be a cop.

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