Movie Review: Police Beat

Dennis suggests Police Beat (in Mystery/Thriller).  Videoport is like an oasis of thoughtful, personal, independent movies in the bleached, formica desert of bland, overhyped Hollywood formula, and this engaging, mysterious little movie from Seattle is the latest addition to the ranks.  The protagonist, an African Muslim immigrant known only as “Z” (a truly moving, inhabited performance from newcomer [and to date, never again comer] Pape Sidy Niang) is a bicycle cop in Seattle.  The movie follows him on the titular beat as he copes with crimes and disturbances, big and small, all the while dealing with his helpless fears about his (white, American) girlfriend (who he thinks may be cheating on him), and the myriad conflicts with his adopted countrymen, his partner, and his bosses (who praise him for bringing “a new voice” to the department, all the while condescending to him).  A dreamy, impressionistic tour of leafy, dark Seattle and the soul of a decent man trying to make his way through it with some dignity.  Police Beat is one of those movies the term “sleeper” was invented for.

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