Friday 17 November 2017
The apparent ‘suicide’ of a sewage cleaner in Mumbai leads to the arrest of Dalit activist/folk singer (Vira Sathidar). The 65-year old man is held on the bizarre grounds of abetting the suicide through performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. As the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the Judge involved in the case are observed outside and inside the court. COURT is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India.
“The film works so well thanks to an intelligent, superbly understated script and a feel for naturalism that extends beyond mere performance” Jay Weissberg Variety.
“The wheels of justice grind slowly and mercilessly in Court, Chaitanya Tamhane’s quiet, devastating critique of the antiquated Indian legal system” Stephen Holden The NYTimes.
“Court is a film for the thinking viewer and requires you to evaluate scenes using your brains” Times Of India.