|HIGHWAY PATROLMAN (EL PATRULLERO) (director: Alex Cox; screenwriter: Lorenzo O'Brien; cinematographer: Miguel Garzón; editor: Carlos Puente; music: Zander Schloss; cast: Roberto Sosa (Pedro), Bruno Bichir (Anibal), Vanessa Bauche (Maribel ), Zaide Silvia Gutierrez (Griselda), Pedro Armendáriz Jr. (Sergeant Barreras), Jorge Russek (Sr. Mateos); Runtime: 104; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Lorenzo O'Brien; Together Bros. (New Yorker Films); 1991- Mexico/USA/Japan-in Spanish with English subtitles)|
|"Low-budget accomplished black
comedy cautionary morality tale."
by Dennis Schwartz
cult filmmaker Alex Cox ("Three
Businessmen"/"Repo Man"/"Death and the
Compass") travels to Mexico to helm this
low-budget accomplished black comedy cautionary
morality tale. A hand-held camera is used primarily in
long shots, as it's filmed in a semi-documentary style.
This is Cox's most accessible film. It's main fault is
the episodic stories though highly entertaining lack a
short, naive and honest Pedro (Roberto Sosa) is a
proud recent idealistic graduate of the
National Highway Patrol Academy and is assigned
to the country roads around Durango, where the poorly
paid cop learns there are dark sides to his job-like
bribes being routine.
farmer, Griselda (Zaide Silvia Gutierrez),
Pedro stopped for a traffic violation, soon ends up
being his wife. She immediately puts demands on Pedro
to provide her with a more comfortable life.
Pedro tries social work on the prostitute Maribel
(Vanessa Bauche), as he tries to help her get
off drugs and return to her family.
Pedro's best friend Anibal (Bruno
Bichir) is killed in a drug deal, the cop forgets
his code of office and seeks revenge on the
As time goes by Pedro, though remaining a sympathetic figure, allows the system to corrupt him.
REVIEWED ON 4/28/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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