Michel Racine is the feared President of the Assize Court. As hard on himself as he is on others, he is known as the two-digit judge because his minimal sentence always exceeds ten years. Although known for his icy demeanor, even towards his colleagues, everything goes topsy-turvy when Michel discovers a juror on one of his murder trials is Ditte Lorensen-Coteret. Six years earlier, Racine had fallen in love with her, but their relationship had become estranged. She is perhaps the only woman he has ever loved, and the only one to have witnessed his kinder side.
A thoughtful and intelligent French movie, part courtroom drama, part romance unexpectedly blossoming between two sensitive middle-aged professionals, both divorced, he a judge, she a doctor. A film of nuance and style that kept me interested throughout. A pleasure to watch. Recommended.
A very well made and acted film but a little thin in the plot department. Appealing if you enjoy the small nuances of life.
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Congratulations to all concerned in the making of this terrific film.
- Courted review by DW
The secret to its brilliance is that it has totally credible reality, this could easily occur in the real world. A division of the French legal system nearly gave this a film a docu-drama format, especially as all the actors were depicting truly ordinary people.
Away from the main story line, I thoroughly enjoyed the Judge's ancient housekeeper, his wife & the pharmacist. Cleverly, they included a court artist who talked through the legal proceedings with a colleague which helped us to work out what was going on.