Police Beat (2005)
Critic Reviews for Police Beat
A very strange but affecting movie.
Its dreamlike state makes for mesmerizing viewing.
Police Beat looks great, and the performances are solid, but the disparate elements in this oddity -- which created a minor stir at the Sundance Film Festival last year -- never entirely coalesce.
... a delicately funny tale about everyday surrealism.
Dreamlike in style, Police Beat is also a real-world vision of what American indies could be if they dared to recognize the drama in our own neighborhoods.
Audience Reviews for Police Beat
"Police Beat" is a slight but somewhat compelling slice of life movie with a little stream of consciousness thrown in for good measure. Z.(Pape Sidy Niang) is a recent immigrant from Senegal who works as a bicycle cop in Seattle while dreaming of owning an apartment building. While devoutly religious, he really has no faith in his girlfriend Rachel(Anna Oxygen) who has gone camping with her roommate Jeff(Elijah Geiger) because Z. hates camping. Instead, they have agreed to go lindy dancing, presumably when she gets back. Part of Z.'s concerns about his relationship with Rachel arise from what he witnesses on the job, a good deal of which involve misdemeanors of varying perversity.(As the epigraph says, they are based on true cases. Why am I not surprised?) Separately, they are no big deal. Together, they might form a disturbing pattern for an outsider, especially considering Z's partner Swan(Eric Breedlove) being involved with Mary(Sarah Harlett), a prostitute, while others might form a different opinion of Z. just based on the color of his skin or his uniform.
beautiful. i think if i had seen it before zoo, i would have gone crazy about it. but seeing after zoo, i can't help but feeling slightly underwhelmed.
Despite it's intriguing premise of following a guy around as he handles problems taken from actual police reports, it doesn't ring true for a minute. Bad supporting acting and bland photography further hinder the quest.
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