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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"A very strange but affecting movie."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"Police Beat can't quite figure out what it wants to be."
‑ Peter Hanson, Film Threat
"Its dreamlike state makes for mesmerizing viewing."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"... a delicately funny tale about everyday surrealism."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"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."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"Distinctive, physically ravishing indie."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"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."
‑ Rob Nelson, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
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