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Police Beat

Screenwriters Charles Mudede and Robinson Devor combed through police reports to create this surreal wide-screen drama about an African man (Senegalese football player Pape Sidy Niang) working as a bicycle cop in Seattle. His white girlfriend has embarked on a camping trip with an attractive male friend, and the cop's doubt and jealousy build to a feverish level as he encounters a kaleidoscope of American weirdness (a woman insists she's been attacked by a tree, a crazed man devours raw meat in a grocery store, a burglar is driven to masturbation by the sight of a caged bird). The central character's romantic concerns tend to pale alongside the bizarre anecdotal material, but this singular 2005 drama, directed by Devor, is quietly unsettling in its vision of modern-day isolation. In English and subtitled Wolof. 81 min.

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