Capernaum (Capharnaüm) Reviews

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August 5, 2020
Capernaum is a difficult movie to watch. The levels of economic hardship, want and degradation are extreme. Labaki's camera is unflinching.
July 26, 2020
In the world of Capernaum, the impoverished aren't developed. They're siphons for tragedy, wading through a script that grasps for discrepancies.
June 27, 2020
It is made with a dramatic pulsation, close to the documentary, which in few scenes abandons social realism when it addresses the vicissitudes of the street children. [Full review in Spanish]
May 22, 2020
It really all hinges on the performance, but the way Nadine Labaki has shot certain segments really adds to it...
January 24, 2020
There are moments of humor but mostly there is an aching sense of social collapse and chaos, where humans are simply chattel and their lives are cheap.
January 6, 2020
A tough-to-watch neorealist drama from Nadine Labaki, Capharnaüm (or Chaos) captures the nascent fury of twelve-year-old Zain (a brave performance by Zain Al Rafeea), a Beirut slumdweller suing his parents for giving birth to him
September 25, 2019
No doubt it is a tongue-in-cheek name, but it is true that Capharnaüm is about many things: corruption and racism, refugees, stolen childhood, the moral weakness of adults and the difficulty in apportioning blame.
September 17, 2019
Those expecting misery can rest assured that they will see plenty of it, but director Nadine Labaki manages to also put in moments of beauty and even hope.
September 12, 2019
It's a very harrowing portrait... Zain Al Rafeea is amazing.
June 23, 2019
Zain, estimated age 12 and serving five years' jail time "because I stabbed a sonofabitch," is suing his neglectful parents for giving birth to him.
June 17, 2019
Labaki's film documents a world largely governed by concentric circles of suffering and exploitation, but in her screenplay and through her eye, there are no villains here ...
June 13, 2019
Capernaum is much more than a reductionist vision about the extreme vulnerability of children in an atmosphere of extreme poverty. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 10, 2019
Nadine Labaki shines a bright light on dark times. A painfully unreal experience.
June 5, 2019
Yes, go and watch it - it's brilliant!
May 29, 2019
Labaki and cinematographer Christopher Aoun take a no-holds-barred approach to immersing us in Zain's rough and tumble world of poverty, predators, hustlers and meaningless, frustrating bureaucracy.
May 28, 2019
Nadine Labaki makes use of an outstanding script in which the characters development is very well defined. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 17, 2019
Capernaum gives a human face to conditions that exist outside the geographical purview of the wealthy.
April 18, 2019
Despite his appalling circumstances, Zain will touch your heart through his sheer charm, his resourceful determination and his innate human decency.
April 15, 2019
The plight of the poor and displaced, and the notion of frontiers, borders - and yes, walls - is front-and-centre in the media right now and faithfully served by this film.
April 9, 2019
A sometimes heavy-handed, but nonetheless powerful tale of poverty and adversity.
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