2011 | Numerique | 0:58:30
Inside a North London magistrates’ court, judges hear an endless litany of criminal cases, from the hapless to the horrifying. Outside the court, filmmaker Marc Isaacs waits with a camera. Over four seasons he speaks to people on their way in and out of the building, sympathetically documenting their stories. Frenchman Michel, who has been troubled most of his life, is up for carrying a weapon. He planned to use it against a security guard, but ended up remorsefully handing himself over to police before committing the crime. Alcoholic Mark has repeatedly breached his parole, by coming into contact with the son whom he desperately misses. Isaacs’ subjects are not big time criminals, but vulnerable repeat offenders who tell very candid, often moving stories. Not surprisingly, drug and alcohol abuse lay at the heart of much of these tales of woe, with addicts often looking to the justice system for more help than it can provide.