Capernaum (review)

Capernaum (review)
Capernaum (review)
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This is not a pretty movie but it’s a beautiful story. It follows a streetwise boy in Beirut who leaves home and survives in the squalor on the streets, even for a period of time with a baby. Ultimately, he’s arrested for a crime and goes to court, where he sues his parents for giving him life. In the central role, Zain al Rafeea is incredible: full of spunk and grit. The performance (if you can call it that) from the 1-year-old is also astounding. Actually, all of the actors create powerful characters and director Nadine Labaki has captured their chaotic life of poverty with humanity and off-hand skill (the title translates to “Chaos”). Like many foreign films, there’s a less-structured narrative and the neorealistic documentary style sometimes feels aimless. Ultimately, this film will break your heart and touch your soul. (In Lebanese with subtitles at Criterion Cinemas only)


4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)


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