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A Cop Movie directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios
A Cop Movie directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios

Netflix has released the official trailer for A Cop Movie (Una película de policías), filmmaker Alonso Ruizpalacios’ genre-bending film which won the Silver Bear, Outstanding Artistic Contribution, 2021 Berlin International Film Festival.

The film starring Mónica Del Carmen and Raúl Briones opens in select theaters in October and on Netflix on November 5.

Director Alonso Ruizpalacios takes us deep into the Mexican police force with the story of Teresa and Montoya, together known as “the love patrol.” In this thoroughly original and unpredictable documentary, Ruizpalacios plays with the boundaries of nonfiction and immerses the audience into the human experience of police work within a dysfunctional system.

But midway through the movie, what had seemed like a fly-on-the-wall documentary reveals itself to be a metafictional investigation of modern policing, with the actors portraying Teresa (Mónica Del Carmen) and Montoya (Raúl Briones) now speaking to the camera about their 101 days of preparation to portray these real-life characters, which included everything from police academy training to daily ride-alongs with working cops. Ruizpalacios confirms his genius for creating unexpected, genre-bending cinema.

“Over the course of our investigation, I came to the conclusion that performing is an essential part of a police officer’s life. From the moment they put on the uniform, they are playing a part, which extends throughout their workday, displaying a strength they don’t have or helping with something they are not prepared for. Nevertheless, they have to do it within a dysfunctional system.” – Director Alonso Ruizpalacios

Watch the official trailer for A Cop Movie.

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