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A very strange but affecting movie.
Its dreamlike state makes for mesmerizing viewing.
Distinctive, physically ravishing indie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police Beat can't quite figure out what it wants to be.
All the onscreen transgressions are so tightly packed into the film's 80 minutes that they play as increasingly ludicrous and unbelievable examples of community unrest.
"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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