Alex Cox's HIGHWAY PATROLMAN is a modest masterwork composed almost entirely of exquisite long takes, a triumph of craft and a personal favourite I am happy to revisit by way of the exquisite new Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. It is genuinely a Mexican film, in dialogue w/ that nation's cinematic tradition, though financed primarily w/ Japanese money. The great Arturo Ripstein seems to have been a key influence.
A British director ( Alex Cox ---Sid And Nancy ) giving us more than a slice of life into a town in rural Mexico.
Made 25 years ago, one gets the feeling for today's reality there would be more violence.
Great casting, suburb script. Surrealism & economy of Bunuel + long fluid takes of Ripstein. Cox's best? If I owned a theater, I'd show this in a double feature after Repo Man. Alex Cox is canny at finding acting talent before they break out, e.g. Emilio Estevez, Miguel Sandoval, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Courtney Love---and don't get me started on Sy Richardson. Here we have Vanessa Bauche in her first feature film.