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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

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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.
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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.
75

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.
67

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.
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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.
90

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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