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The Insult (L'insulte) (2018)



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In today's Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another.


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Working its way through courtroom arguments, the movie never transcends the main tension established early on, but Doueiri does a competent job of exploring the sources of anger on both sides without valorizing either of them.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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This gorgeously shot and classily acted feature might be a reel too long but is nonetheless a fascinating piece of work ...

August 31, 2017 | Full Review…

The tinderbox of Lebanese politics and identity sparks into a controlled conflagration in Ziad Doueiri's calculatedly explosive drama "The Insult."

August 31, 2017 | Full Review…

As drama, The Insult is only about halfway convincing, but as a rhetorical intervention against Lebanon's legacy of division it has merit.

September 28, 2017 | Full Review…

How Joelle Touma's script progresses is heavy-handed in its desire to augment the tensions and provide justifications, but it's still powerful nonetheless.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The latest allegorical drama from Lebanese auteur Doueiri (West Beirut, The Attack) draws on the history of the Middle East and long-standing tensions between Palestinians and Lebanese Christians. But even without that subtext, the film would still play.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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