The siren heard over the opening seconds of “A Cop Movie
” doesn’t emanate from a car at all, but from an actor, imitating the piercing sound of approaching police with her voice. That’s a fitting fake-out with which to begin Alonso Ruizpalacios’ astoundingly original look at what makes an effective Mexico City cop. Technically, this outside-the-box project could be classified as a documentary, though the “Güeros
” director is anything but typical in his approach, which will probably play best to those who tune in blind. The film, which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, will launch on Netflix
, where it’s easy to be caught unawares by movies like “Dick Johnson Is Dead
” which push the boundaries.
Gazing out through the windshield of a Mexico City squad car, the movie opens a lot your standard episode of “Cops
”. María Teresa Hernández Cañas — or Teresa for short — receives a