Police Beat

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A conservative and moralistic Muslim bicycle cop hits the streets for a seven-day shift in Seattle but fails to see the crime all around him due to his preoccupation with an unfaithful girlfriend in director Robinson Devor's thoughtful meditation on the ability of immigrants to adapt to contemporary American life. Z (Pape S. Niang) is an African-born immigrant and by-the-books bicycle cop on the beat in downtown Seattle, WA. With his romantic life crumbling and crime never stopping to allow him a moment to contemplate his harried existence, Z attempts to deal with each crime on an individualized basis without acknowledging that the world around him seems to be tearing at the seams. As Z interacts with various crime victims in English, his constant attempts to sort out his turbulent personal life are conveyed in Z's native West African language of Wolof.

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Critic Reviews for Police Beat

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (4)

  • A poetic character study etched in its primrose Portland, Seattle locations, "Police Beat" is a clear-eyed dissection of the immigrant experience in pre-smartphone America.

    March 3, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Police Beat is an object so gorgeously odd, and so completely at peace with its own oddness, it's hard to compare it to anything else.

    June 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A very strange but affecting movie.

    August 3, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Its dreamlike state makes for mesmerizing viewing.

    July 14, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • There are great flashes of Mudede's potent prose and the main character is fascinating -- a Sengalese Seattle bike cop who is going through a separation from his girlfriend while witnessing crimes and misdemeanors throughout the city.

    July 13, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • As in Mudede's column, the film's pleasures lie in the games it plays with language, in the way Seattle is rendered as a dreamscape both funny and frightening, in the way police work does battle with philosophy.

    June 23, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Mike Russell

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Audience Reviews for Police Beat

  • Sep 28, 2012
    "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.
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  • Jan 15, 2008
    all the better knowing that all the fucked up shit they show Z responding to are true stories. very interesting film.
    chase _ Super Reviewer

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