A Cop Movie
by Alonso Ruizpalacios
If the countless big-screen movies are to be believed, Mexico City is dominated by violence, chaos and lawlessness. The police force is considered a highly controversial institution that is supposed to be regulating a society in whose criminality it is entangled itself. But what does it really mean to be a police officer in Mexico City? Filmmaker Alonso Ruizpalacios shows the everyday life of Mexican law enforcement officers by having two actors experience being real police officers in a role-playing game that blurs the line between reality and fiction. A fascinating film about heroic roles, authority and corruption that plays with the audience's expectations and explores the limits of documentary.