[Reviewed from NYFF '04.]
Not remotely as illuminating as Depardon seems to think it is, except perhaps insofar as it presents a typical cross-section of Parisian citizens—pretty dubious, as achievements go. First few cases are basically adventures in obliviousness, with defendants competing to see who can most thoroughly sabotage their own shot at acquittal or leniency; at one point the following dialogue takes place (edited for space):
JUDGE: No, yang.
DEFENDANT: Well, yes, yang. But yin.
JUDGE: The law clearly states yang.
DEFENDANT: I understand that the law says yang. I myself said yang right from the start. I have never said anything but yang. Except...yin.
JUDGE: So long as you say yin instead of yang, I…