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on POLICEMAN, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH and THE GIRL ON THE MOTORCYCLE

It’s nice to stand back every now and then from the madness that is the weekly release schedule. Also because it’s good to revisit stuff you’ve seen a while ago – you’d be surprised at what best survives the test of time, or how something that you found throwaway or weren’t particularly enthusiastic about turns into a time capsule or benefits from the gift of hindsight.
Some films only seem to gain stature with time – like Nadav Lapid’s 2011 Policeman, which I caught in advance of the Israeli director’s retro at the Vila do Conde short film festival (whose competition he won two years ago with his wry 40-minute From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer). Policeman, his first feature, is a game of two halves. First, we follow a couple of days in the life of a SWAT officer in the Israeli counter-terrorism police; then, Lapid switches to follow a couple of days in the life of a radicalized angry you…

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