Netflix Trailer for Acclaimed Documentary ‘A Cop Movie’ from Mexico
by Alex Billington
September 10, 2021
“There are good cops and there are bad cops.” Netflix has revealed the official trailer for a highly praised, award-winning documentary titled A Cop Movie, which is a title that sounds like it’s an intense thriller about police in Mexico but it’s something else entirely. This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, where it won an award for editing, and it arrives on Netflix this fall. Director Alonso Ruizpalacios takes us deep into the Mexican police force with the story of Teresa and Montoya, together known as “the love patrol.” Two professional actors undergo an immersive process to join the police force in Mexico City. In this thoroughly original and unpredictable film, Ruizpalacios plays with the boundaries of nonfiction and immerses the audience into the human experience of police work within a dysfunctional system. “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.” A clever questioning of the very concept of cops.
Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for Alonso Ruizpalacios’ doc A Cop Movie, from Netflix’s YouTube:
Description from Berlinale: “What does it take to be a cop in Mexico City? Two professional actors undergo an immersive process to explore this question, gaining a visceral understanding of the responses as they guide us on their journey ‘inside’… Simultaneously referring to and displacing familiar representations [of a sense of courage & duty], Alonso Ruizpalacios boldly integrates the role-playing aspect of the police officer and reclaims the ‘cop movie’ genre, turning it into an audacious experiment at the blurry boundary between fiction and reality.” A Cop Movie, also known as Una Película de Policías in Spanish, is directed by Mexican filmmaker Alonso Ruizpalacios, his first documentary film after directing the narrative features Gueros and Museo previously. Produced by Elena Fortes and Daniela Alatorre. This initially premiered at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, where it won a Silver Bear award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in Editing. Netflix will debut A Cop Movie streaming starting on November 5th, 2021 this fall. Intrigued?