Lebanon, 2017; 112 min. R. Subtitles. Direction: Ziad Doueiri; Screenplay: Joelle Touma, Ziad Doueiri.
In present-day Beirut, a trivial dispute over a misplaced drainpipe mushrooms into a nationally-sensationalized legal battle between Lebanese Christian Tony (Adel Karam) and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee. Tony is a hotheaded mechanic who repairs cars while constantly marinating himself in inflammatory speeches from his hero, the late Lebanese Christian leader Bachir Gemayel, who was assassinated 35 years ago (see also Waltzing With Bashir). Yasser is a much older, embittered man whose clandestine refugee status is a continual threat to his employment. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser must reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another.
“While the issues it engages are timely and important, the film’s claim to fame really comes from its terrific accomplishments on every front, from writing and directing to acting and cinematography” – RogerEbert.com.
“Karam and El Basha (he justifiably won the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival) give the kind of performances that keep you riveted. Even at its most blunt and obvious, this is a movie that stumps for empathy. Who can argue with that?”- Rolling Stone.
“Overall The Insult is a compelling, timely movie. Doueiri is doing what artists do: Making the personal universal, while at the same time showing the impact a few poorly chosen words can carry”- Arizona Republic.
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE, BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF 2017.
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