10th District Court

10th District Court

Director: Raymond Depardon

Cast: Raymond Depardon

     
 
Filmmaker Raymond Depardon offers an unprecedented look at the nuts and bolts of the French judicial system in this documentary. In France, cameras are rarely permitted in courtrooms, and laws mandate that footage shot during a trial cannot be shown publicly for 20 years. Depardon, however, was given special permission to spend three months in the 10th District

Overview

Filmmaker Raymond Depardon offers an unprecedented look at the nuts and bolts of the French judicial system in this documentary. In France, cameras are rarely permitted in courtrooms, and laws mandate that footage shot during a trial cannot be shown publicly for 20 years. Depardon, however, was given special permission to spend three months in the 10th District Courthouse of Paris with a small camera crew, where Judge Michele Bernard-Requin hears a wide variety of cases. With the permission of the accused, excerpts from 25 trials are seen in this film, ranging from theft and weapons charges to driving without a license and making harassing telephone calls. Depardon allows the natural humor of the testimonies shine through without intruding on reality and reveals Bernard-Requin to be a judge who is caring and compassionate, but nobody's fool.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2006
UPC:
0741952307297
Original Release:
2004
Source:
Koch Lorber Films
Time:
1:47:00

Special Features

Discussion of film shoot by Raymond Depardon; Deleted scenes; Audience debate at theatrical release; Original French trailer

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 10th District Court
1. May 15 Session [10:02]
2. May 15 Verdicts [1:43]
3. May 20 Session [3:48]
4. 5:01 PM [16:08]
5. May 20 Verdicts [1:03]
6. May 30 Session [15:05]
7. June 13 Session [3:13]
8. Fast-Track Prosecutions [4:16]
9. 2:07 AM [6:23]
10. Verdicts [3:40]
11. June 19 Session [11:18]
12. End Credits [7:08]

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