Capernaum (Capharnaüm) Reviews

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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.
April 8, 2019
Capernaum is not an easy watch, but it is a beautiful one, despite how grisly it can seem at times.
March 26, 2019
This film works so well because of the terrific work by the actors, especially Al Rafeea as Zain, who is thoroughly believable as a 12-year-old desperate to control his own destiny...
March 17, 2019
Capernaum will take a top spot in my list for the best films I've seen and will never watch again.
March 13, 2019
Simultaneously sensitive and straightforward in her directorial methods, Labaki articulates the moral complexities of the subject matter with an equal share of fascination and depression.
March 7, 2019
A good child actor is hard to find, but in Capernaum director Nadine Labaki has improbably found a troupe of them.
March 6, 2019
A depressing but very necessary film, Capharnaüm deals head-on with many of the horrors of modern times.
March 2, 2019
One could argue Capernaum comes dangerously close to poverty porn. Another might respond that the film's grim situations are drawn from real-life situations.
March 2, 2019
It's essential viewing for the ways in which it illuminates brutally hard lives many of us could otherwise not imagine, and for the craft of its nonprofessional performers.
March 1, 2019
Nadine Labaki's extraordinary neorealist film left me gutted, and grateful to be allowed such an emotional response.
February 28, 2019
Jail and courtroom scenes, at the beginning and end, may be a tad implausible, not to mention scrappy. But the middle section, mostly shot on handheld cameras on the streets of Beirut, is breathtaking, topical, hilarious, tender and brutal.
February 27, 2019
Labaki's ability with these non-professional actors, including the baby, is remarkable.
February 27, 2019
Capernaum's odyssey, in which Zain battles the hazards of shantytowns, souks, prisons and betrayals with wily, angry energy, paints him as a resourceful figure fighting impossible odds rather than the passive child victim of charity adverts.
February 25, 2019
Both the oppressive family context of Zain as his journey after the abandonment of his home suffer from a complex look, lie in provocations, and point out responsibilities that end up being fallacious and limited. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 25, 2019
Capernaum is a rare movie that inspires even as it confronts the horrors its characters inflict on one another.
February 25, 2019
[Labaki] never shows us the worst abuse in Zain's underworld, instead giving the piece emotional force through a crushing build-up of everyday incident.
February 25, 2019
Feel-good fare it most certainly is not -- but as an example of cinema's power to face uncomfortable real-life truths, look no further.
February 24, 2019
Rafeea, a non-professional actor and Syrian refugee, is the film's secret weapon. At times, the tragedy unfolding on screen feels borderline unwatchable, but his strange, fascinating, eerily adult face offers a litany of minute expressions.
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