Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970
Dir. Chaitanya Tamhane India, 2015, 116 mins
Narayan Kamble, an ageing folk singer living in Mumbai is accused of abetting a suicide when a sewerage worker is found dead after allegedly hearing Kambles seditious lyrics. With no evidence and few witnesses, events unfold in a lower Mumbai courtroom, shedding a cold light on the justice system in contemporary India. With glimpses into the private lives the lawyers, the prosecutor and the judge personal prejudices, corruption and ultimately injustice is illuminated.
Featuring a superbly understated script, brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors, and a naturalistic approach Court is a riveting portrait of contemporary India told through an affecting mix of both humanity and humour.
???? Perceptive and powerful’
LITTLE WHITE LIES
???? ‘Grimly compelling legal drama’
???? ‘A humane and absorbing big-city film’
THE SUNDAY TIMES
???? Funny-cautionary picture of justice at work in Mumbai
???? ‘Quietly brilliant’
???? ‘A masterful piece of social cinema’
‘A major film on the worrying state of freedom of speech in the Indian democracy’
‘A rich, nuanced film’
‘Tamhane and his team deserve a place at the high table of international cinema… Film of the Month’
SIGHT & SOUND