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  • Summary: Police Beat is both a strikingly poetic examination of displacement and a gently surreal compendium of criminal behavior. Z, a young Senegalese and Muslim man, experiences his adopted city of Seattle through his job as a bicycle cop, leading him to encounters with all manner of strange and troubled people. Z himself, however, is less concerned with his job than with the possibility that his American girlfriend may be cheating on him while on a camping trip with a male friend. (Director's Statement) Expand
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  1. Pape Sidy Niang is terrific as the cop, Z, who is viewing America through a new immigrant's eyes.
  2. A delicately funny tale about everyday surrealism.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Distinctive, physically ravishing indie is a natural for fests, but it's questionable whether this sometimes involving, sometimes obscure pic will have appeal beyond the specialty market.
  5. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    Soulful performance by non-pro Pape Sidy Niang as the bicycle-riding police officer Z, gives the film a poetic tone, but cumulative impact is diffused rather than enhanced by the fractured form.
  6. 50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Hanson
    The most frustrating aspect of Police Beat is that it's clear everyone involved has great talent...Too bad all their efforts are lost in the service of pointless material.

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