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88 Ratings


Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane
India, 2014


The corpse of a sewage system worker is found under a manhole in Mumbai. An old storyteller is accused and indicted of instigation to suicide. As the trial moves forward, the private lives of the people involved in the case are examined.

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Court Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane
Chaitanya Tamhane’s camera watches from a distance. His static wide shots capture the dramas of intersecting lives in Mumbai, letting meaning gradually reveal itself. Evidence accumulates until there is a vivid picture.
March 25, 2016
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Despite the weighty themes it tackles, Court is ultimately a very funny film, but its farcical nature disguises a deep malaise. Tamhane realises that the best way to draw attention to problems is humour, and Court has the best kind, its situations creating uncomfortable laughter without recourse to sight gags or smart one-liners.
March 04, 2016
Despite its title, Court features many scenes that occur outside the courtroom, taking us into the personal lives of the characters involved in the trial. Stark social truths are revealed in nearly every frame of this intelligent, sometimes humorous film, making Court one of the most accomplished works to come out of India in recent years.
December 10, 2015
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