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A Cop Movie

Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios
2021
Mexico
107 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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An atmospheric, boundary-breaking documentary-fiction hybrid from Mexico that turns the cop movie genre on its head. In Competition, Berlinale 2021.
Cop movies frequently open with a police car, siren blaring, speeding down a city street to who-knows-what. A Cop Movie begins in the same vein but takes some very different turns. The cops in Alonso Ruizpalacios's inventive feature aren't always Mexico City cops; sometimes they're actors... but they're playing real-life cops. Chapter by chapter the film takes us through the lives of Montoya and Teresa (AKA ‘the Love Patrol'), to the actors preparing to play them, and then to the authentic figures themselves. The process reveals what it takes to don the uniform – and to take on the role, as it were. With great atmospheric music and thrilling immersive footage, A Cop Movie is an audacious and entertaining watch.
Like a cop movie written by Jacques Derrida, directed with nods to Wes Anderson and Jean-Luc Godard and then remixed by Abbas Kiarostami in its efforts to tear down the fourth wall.
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
Suffice to say, Ruizpalacios is swiftly emerging as one of the most exciting new voices in Mexican cinema.
Peter Debruge, Variety

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Wed 3 Nov
6:45pm
Ritz Cinemas Randwick 5
Past Event Cancel
Thu 4 Nov
6:30pm
Event Cinemas George St 5
Past Event Cancel
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Features
Original Title
Una película de policías
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Mexico
Language
In Spanish with English subtitles
Director
Alonso Ruizpalacios
Producer
Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes
Cast
Mónica Del Carmen, Raúl Briones, José de Jesús Rodriguez Hernández
Screenwriter
Alonso Ruizpalacios, David Gaitán
Cinematographer
Emiliano Villanueva
Editor
Yibrán Asuad
Genre
Documentary, Biography, Central & South America, Cinephile, Crime, Experimental, Filmmaking, Off-Beat, Politics & Economics, Comedy
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Netflix
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