Mexican filmmaker’s Alonso Ruizpalacios third feature, a Netflix original, premiered in competition online at the Berlin Film Festival. Despite its simple title, Mexican filmmaker Alonso Ruizpalacios' latest feature is far from a simple shoot-’em-up cop movie. It's more like a cop movie written by Jacques Derrida, directed with nods to Wes Anderson and Jean-Luc Godard and then remixed by Abbas Kiarostami in its efforts to tear down the fourth wall. Which is to say that this Berlinale competition premiere is not exactly a commercial venture, nor does it resemble the kinds of policiers that Netflix, which will release the film online, usually places at the top of your viewing queue. But it's nonetheless an intriguing, completely deconstructed look at what it takes to both be a cop and to play one, especially in a place where cops are often regarded as criminals themselves. Filled with style and wit, though lacking a narrative backbone to lure big audiences, this meta-docu-fiction further proves that Ruizpalacios ( Gueros , Museo ) is one of Mexico's most inventive young auteurs, even if he's yet to achieve renown outside of his homeland or the festival circuit. Worldwide streaming should garner him a little more attention…. Read full this story
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