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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The best social-institution-shits-the-bed movie since The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Totally masterful use of wide shots. Some of the best directed extras ever. Teeming w/ anthropologically fascinating microdetails. The coda is a rug-pulled-out-from-under knock-out. Just wonderful. Damn.
Weird, it's weird. Firstly, I think why dir depicts people's daily life rather than court, why, why.....But in some way, I get to know It testify that India makes movie most devastatingly in which society tramples on human rights. A little bit like Mia-Hansen Love's "EDEN" in means of passing time aka "All worldly things are transitory"
A very fascinating debut film from the director. I wish the director had showed the emotions of the accused in the court. But what a lovely comparison of the lives of the accussed, the two lawyers, and, finally, the judge. An impressive screenplay.
Straight up one of the most significant movies in 21st century Indian cinema. Amazing wide angle shots, fascinating colors and deadpan humor. The film is largely split into 4 segments, following 4 individuals from different walks of life, but, beneath the surface the film seems to also follow a 5th—the Court itself