Justice
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This is an intimate look inside the Brazilian justice system, closely observing the everyday work of attorneys, judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals, as well as the defendants passing through the system. There is a young man caught with a stolen car, another charged with complicity in petty theft and a teenager arrested for possession of drugs and weapons. Each case is followed through its various stages, showing the defendants' meetings with public defenders, the reading of the charges and questioning of the defendants by a judge, scenes of their detention in grossly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"Already a master of the objective eye, Ramos uses her unobtrusive camera to uncover the frustrations inherent in a vastly imbalanced society where hope is scarce and the future is dim."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Despite its outsize ambitions, Evan Oppenheimer's independent feature is generally low-key and likable, thanks mainly to a talented cast."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"The film brings to mind the good and bad of two other courtroom documentaries, 10th District Court and Sisters in Law."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Justice often moves painfully slowly, and so does Justice (Justiša), a documentary by Maria Ramos about low-level criminal courts in Brazil that at times might be mistaken for an unedited video feed from a courthouse security camera."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Though director Oppenheimer has a nice comedic touch, an achronological structure and distracting vignettes thwart the film's emotional designs."
‑ Sean Howe, Village Voice
"[Drew] drags down an otherwise likable drama that draws its three stories together in a quietly effective climax."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"With its unobtrusive visual style, Justice plays like a near-parody of documentary objectivity, subtly suggesting the malleable nature of 'truth,' both in the courtroom and the movie theater."
‑ Joshua Land, Village Voice
"Cinema verite look at the criminal justice system in Brazil. Distinguished by its ability to examine class society without being heavy-handed."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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