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Police Beat (2005)

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An African-born bicycle cop encounters strange and mysterious situations on his police beat in urban Seattle.

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Z
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Agent
Eric Breedlove
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Park Visitor
Zack Carlson ...
Junkie
Heidi Darchuk ...
Comfortable woman
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Sarah Harlett
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Internal Affairs Agent
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Goose Killer
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Rachel's Neighbor
Elijah Ostrow ...
Homeless Boy
Anna Oxygen
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Park Visitor #3
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Police Beat is a highly unconventional crime film in which the protagonist Z is so preoccupied with his possibly unfaithful girlfriend that he never once acknowledges criminal world that swirls around him. The crimes Z encounters become mirrors of the his turbulent inner state, allowing him to philosophize about his unstable romantic relationship as well as his own development as an emotional being. While Z's regular interactions are in English, his thoughts ­ the film's narration ­ are in his native Wolof, the primary language of West Africa. In this way, Police Beat is an unusual portrait of an immigrant new to the United States that focuses less on the protagonist's socio-economic difficulties than on his emotional responses to American life. Written by Devor/Mudede

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Seven Days of Crime & Delusion

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Wolof (the language spoken in the narration) is the native language of Senegal, but is also spoken widely in parts of Mali, the Gambia, Cote d'Ivoire, and Mauritania. See more »

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Emotionally powerful, unique
17 July 2006 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

A patrol cop on a mountain bike? I decided to see it to enjoy the scenery. But, this movie caught me off guard. I cannot recall a film that better captures the overpowering sense of painful obsession that results from suspicion and jealousy over a separated loved-one. If you have ever slept expectantly with the phone on your pillow, you may know the feeling. In under 2 hours Police Beat faithfully portrays a complex set of emotions which might require a long novel to communicate as effectively. This film made my heart pound. The backdrop of Seattle captures the best of what the city has to offer, with dramatic settings from diverse neighborhoods and artistic lighting. This is a compelling movie for those who love the city of Seattle.


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