Capernaum (Capharnaüm) Reviews

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.
February 22, 2019
Co-writer and director Nadine Labaki shoots "Capernaum" with a fluent, documentary-like realism.
February 6, 2019
"Capernaum" overcomes its built-in clichés to forcefully tell a story as urgent as the latest breaking-news bulletin.
February 5, 2019
"Capernaum" is a searing, unforgettable work.
January 16, 2019
"Capernaum" is a tough slog, no doubt, even by tough-slog standards. But that's a big part of what makes it so rewarding.
January 11, 2019
A film that explicitly argues against bringing children into the world under difficult circumstances while relying for its narrative hook and dramatic effect on the heroism and resilience of a child brought into the world under difficult circumstances.
January 11, 2019
Labaki shows us, in granular, street-level detail - using mostly non-professional actors, many of whom are refugees themselves - what life looks like for the unprotected.
January 10, 2019
Capernaum is an absolute heartbreaker about children in peril and the plight of undocumented people.
January 10, 2019
Labaki does beautiful work with her nonprofessional cast, most of whom are refugees, and her non-chronological structure builds unhurried suspense into the travails of Zain.
January 9, 2019
Labaki chose the title "Capernaum" because the word was often used to mean "chaos" in French literature. That's precisely what she presents to us, with precious little relief in sight.