In Syria (Insyriated) Reviews

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January 26, 2019
...the real horror of war is not found in the bloodletting of combat... but in the individualized toll it takes on simple people - human beings reduced to their basest survival instincts...
January 24, 2019
As we peek into the day to day existence of a family stuck in an apartment in the middle of war torn Syria, we see how communities come together, fall apart and witness the resilience of the human spirit.
October 18, 2018
Insyriated is an uncomfortable but must-see film - a drama that feels like a documentary - that gives a worthy insight into the plight of ordinary people in a desperate situation.
August 31, 2018
Anger, guilt, and anguish become inevitably present in a tumultuous, anarchic world that every true man should be ashamed of.
June 18, 2018
This is not an easy film to watch. It's more like an experience that needs to be endured, but its challenge is profoundly important.
May 8, 2018
The gamble works to turn the apartment into a symbol or a country that has become no man's land. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 25, 2018
Hiam Abbass is commanding. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 20, 2018
"In Syria" is a finely made film - brisk, well-acted and filled with tension and mean twists. But it's also a wake-up call and a cry for help.
April 19, 2018
From one hallway to the next and from room to room, [Philippe Van Leeuw] turns a home and its inhabitants into the center of the most complicated look at human conduct. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 18, 2018
Within the magnificent cast, the three women who star in it stand out for their sublime performance: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Bou Abboud and Juliette Navis... [Full review in Spanish]
April 16, 2018
The cast give great performances, especially Hiam Abbass. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 12, 2018
In Syria is an x-ray of a tense suffering. A walk with a camera that follows the characters through love and death. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 10, 2018
Cutting and abrasive, the director's ability to find intimate spaces in such a small area makes this unique setting feel like anything can happen. [Full Review in Spaniceh]
March 21, 2018
With all the action taking place within the cramped apartment, Van Leeuw does a sterling job of creating nail-biting suspense without any physical action...the film is a reminder of the nightmare that many ordinary Syrians have had to endure every day.
December 27, 2017
As a viewer one certainly leaves Insyriated with a more visceral understanding of what the Syrian conflict means for millions of families. Whether that is of any help to them, is a separate question.
October 5, 2017
Insyriated is an intense thriller following a particularly hellish day in the life of an ordinary family in Syria.
September 12, 2017
Any narrative improbability or twinges of melodrama are overcome both by the striking performances and the visceral, immersive filmmaking.
September 11, 2017
Ignore the awful title, this is a taut drama that puts a human face on Syria's humanitarian crisis. No cheap thrills or easy answers here, but plenty of gut-churning drama.
September 10, 2017
Van Leeuw's direction is extremely effective throughout, making frequent use of tight close-ups to accentuate the claustrophobia.
September 10, 2017
Van Leeuw captures both the everyday horror of living through war and the lurking threat of sexual violence.
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