Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Abel Ferrara directs Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo and Paul Calderón in this week in the life of an irredeemable cop who takes and deals coke, is getting deeper in the hole with his bookies and has to solve the rape of a nun… a case that mirrors his own drug and faith fuelled perversion.

What starts out as transgressive and visceral, quickly becomes very one-note. Harvey does some drugs. Harvey gets nude. Harvey wanks at two girls he pulls over. This was a bête noire on release, a cult film accessible just when I was getting into less mainstream cinema. I was unimpressed by it at 13 and see little value in it at 39.

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