Court - Expecting a genre flick like 12 Angry Men, A few good men or even Abibhashakante Case Diary or Jolly LLB would be too much to ask for if you're expecting any typical elements of the ritual court room drama genres like grand orations, surprise witnesses, edge of the seat arguments or the good-wins-over-evil fallacy from this brilliantly made movie, which I could summarize as an 'anti-courtroom' drama about our country's legal system. The movie shows us less than intelligent middle class everyday people as the important sessions judge, prosecutor or the inspector, subtle references being cast on their mundane lives or incapabilities for their position (sometimes even amateurish) , which largely works because of the brutally honest casting of newcomers and non-professional actors. A sewerage worker's dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. As the trial unfolds, a mundane, sluggish and redundant face of the land's judicial system is exposed; the endless trials, misplaced documents and incompetent individuals making the cases crawl on for decades! The entire movie was deliberately slow-paced it seems to bring out the helplessness of the involved people and sometimes making a mockery of the system in itself. The deafening silence throughout the movie with no dramatics or emotions whatsoever adds to this blunt satire element on the age-old customary/colonial laws existing in the state. That said, being the official entry from India under foreign language film for the Academy Award 2016, its no wonder that the majority of international reviews have conveniently praised the film for its UAPA references, politically motivated oppressions or the intolerant nature of country in hushing any activist/vocalists , regardless of the government at helm. Nevertheless, completely disregarding the film makers political stance or correctiveness , the movie is brutally honest and well made that it drives home the point of ineffective judiciary effectively and silently at multiple levels! A must watch for all movie lovers and yet another well made Marathi film I've stumbled up-on!
Court (2015) 720p YIFY Movie
When an aging activist is arrested, the lives of the accused, the lawyers, and the judge intertwine to reveal bigotry that underscores the judicial system.
IMDB: 7.70 Likes
- Genre: Drama |
- Quality: 720p
- Size: 985.91M
- Resolution: 1280*800 / 23.976 fpsfps
- Language: English
- Run Time: 116
- IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
- MPR: Normal
- Peers/Seeds: 3 / 11
The Synopsis for Court (2015) 720p
A sewerage worker's dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of 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 the court.
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The Reviews for Court (2015) 720p
An Ultra-Realistic Take on Indian JudiciaryReviewed byCIDMoosaVote: 8/10
The basic synopsis is that an aged folk singer and 'people's poet' is arrested mid gig by the Mumbai police. He is taken before a judge where he finds that he is charged with abetting the suicide of a sewerage worker by performing in a slum. This has been done by his suggestive lyrics – and presumably the gullibility of the audience. The film follows the course of his ordeal at the hands of the Indian legal system and of the lawyer who is doing his best to get him released.
Now this is supposed to be a satire but it also comes across as a bit Kafkaesque at times. The acting is all from unknowns and they keep the authenticity level at high by using Marathi, Gujarati, English and Hindu – which is mostly translated well. The camera work is the type where the camera frames the scene and everyone acts within that frame. It has a real feeling of realism as there is always so much going on – just as it would be in real life. The players are not them only players on the stage – just like life where we are only ever the star in our version of reality.
Now I have seen high praise for this film and a lot of criticism. The critics have bemoaned the lack of direction; but that is the point – it is meant to look amateurish as that is how the courts work. The sound levels and white sub titles have caused complaints too, but I was fine with those aspects. It was also panned for the lack of editing – and well I have to agree; there are some scenes that you can fast forward parts as lots of 'bugger al' happens. But I think that was done to emphasise the passing of time and the sheer mundanity of the clock ticking being also seen as a weapon of punishment. People being locked up and denied bail is a punishment and it is the passage of that time and it being unlived that hammers that point home. So I think we essentially are suffering for our art.
Anyway it is a compelling watch but will not be for everyone; if you want thrills, action, a love interest or some sort of noir then look elsewhere. This is slow paced in action, takes its time on all levels and has messages both obvious and subtle, but I am glad I stuck with it.
Chaitanya Tamhane's Court approaches many fascinating and bitingly topical subjects for a constantly changing India. When those to the west think of India, we often imagine the hustle and bustle depicted in Slumdog Millionaire coupled with the energy and glittery elegance of Bollywood movies. Court is a slower burn with incredible wide cinematography that captures a disquieting stillness. It's almost like a political thriller where no-one can be trusted, but it's not a film that relies on tension or conclusions. It studies the westernisation of Indian culture through its network of characters, darting between the folk singer Sharmila Pawar and his 'Americanised' defence lawyer Vinay Voya, but without peeling back their layers. It's not interested in the characters as people but what they represent in the situation, wherein Pawar is being tried for inciting a man to suicide through his songs.
Instead, it contrasts the old with the new, with Indian traditions and the updates of the youths, aesthetically and with their behaviour. The courtroom drama prods at this aspect with old laws being questioned for being outdated and how they should be reconsidered. It seems a lack of compromise is also part of tradition and is something that contemporary Indians wants to implement. The film also studies the effect of art, questioning whether folk music can really change a government and if it does influence bad things incidentally, can it be held accountable? The power of poetry is a strange thing in a world drenched in culture. What counts as a performance when art is so fluid? Where do we draw the line between coincidence and crime? Court is a very dry but very thought-provoking and highly intelligent film that raises important questions about the world we live in, albeit it could've been improved by a bit more character work and a concise ending.
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