March 4, 2012
A++ But Tough to Watch
This movie deserved its Academy Award. Engrossing and emotionally honest, exceptional acting and production, but the emotions are so strong it is tough to watch. It is not popcorn entertainment, but more akin to reading a classic piece of tragic literature.
I strongly recommend it, but not for casual fun. Go early and have dinner afterward to discuss it and allow yourself time to decompress.
As a lawyer I found the courtroom and police department scenes fascinating - no lawyers in evidence but the legal and police processes seemed to work far better than the equivalent proceedings in the USA. The legal process seemed much more humane and civilized. In the United States our court system has taken on the appearance of due process while having lost the substance long ago, like so much in our society today, there is a cognitive dissonance between what we say and what we do, between reality and words. We could learn from Iran apparently in this respect.
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