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A Cop Movie (2021)A Cop Movie (2021)

A Cop Movie (2021)

An empathetic and impressively inventive look at the notoriously corrupt Mexican police force

Action, Crime, Documentary, Drama, Thriller

7.5

movie

Mexico

Spanish

Challenging, Character-driven, Discussion-sparking

2021

Alonso Ruizpalacios

Mónica Del Carmen, Raúl Briones

107 min

Synopsis

This documentary walks the line between fact and fiction, delving into corruption in the Mexican police through the experiences of two officers.

Our Take

7.5
Renee Cuisia

In the Mexican film A Cop Movie, director Alonso Ruizpalacios mixes fact and fiction, documentary and narrative, to tell the tale of Teresa and Montoya, two police officers whose dreams are dashed by the corruption of their trade and who, eventually, find love and comfort in each other.

Ruizpalacios takes thrilling risks in structuring this genre-bending story—cutting stories into parts, jumping back and forth between the harrowingly real and captivatingly non-real. For all the experimental maneuvers he makes, however, the through-line is always Teresa and Montoya: particularly, their love for each other and for an institution that should have, in an ideal world, supported them and the people they vowed to protect. 

To its credit, instead of merely humanizing the controversial police force, A Cop Movie adds some much-needed nuance to the big picture. At the end of the day, they’re no different than any other underpaid laborers working desperately to make end meets. A Cop Movie doesn’t gloss over the fact that the police, like so many other workers, are stuck in a rotten system that’s long overdue for a major overhauling. 

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