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Capernaum

2018, drama

126 minutes

Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.

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8.6

based on 5 users

7.6

based on 11 critics

Age

12+

Country

France, Lebanon, United States

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10

2018.09.09

Led by the absolutely powerful and award deserving performance by Zain Al Rafeea, the film begins exploring Zain’s struggle through his eyes. Read more

10

2019.02.02

One of the most difficulty haunting but also beautiful movies you will see in your lifetime. Read more

9.0

2019.02.04

What anchors the film is Labaki’s unwavering direction. Grounded, raw and empathetic, Labaki infuses every scene with a commitment to honesty. Read more

9.0

2019.03.03

What’s maybe most remarkable about Capernaum is its authenticity. As a viewer you truly feel like a fly on the wall observing the everyday lives of these characters. Read more

8.0

2019.03.13

It’s all too painful and frustrating, but there are moments of true love and care. My only hesitation has to do with the too optimistic, even naive idea of justice. At once touching and infuriating, the film bursts with irrepressible sadness and deserves kudos for avoiding gratuitous sentimental deflections. Read more

4.0

2019.02.03

Does Labaki genuinely care about the plight of the poor or is she simply exploiting their predicament? One has to assume the former, but her film's central hook of questioning whether poor people should be allowed to raise children positions Capernaum uncomfortably close to the realm of classist, fascist propaganda. Read more

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