The Insult

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The Insult uses its familiar courtroom drama framework to deliver a hard-hitting statement on modern Middle Eastern politics that's as gripping as it is thought-provoking.

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Movie Info

A minor incident between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee turns into an explosive trial that ends up dividing the two communities.

Cast & Crew

Adel Karam
Tony Hanna
Kamel El Basha
Yasser Abdallah Salameh
Rita Hayek
Shirine Hanna
Julia Kassar
Judge Colette Mansour
Rifaat Torbey
Samir Geagea
Carlos Chahine
Judge Chahine
Ziad Doueiri
Screenwriter
Joelle Touma
Screenwriter
Jean Bréhat
Producer
Antoun Sehnaoui
Producer
Nadia Turincev
Producer
Éric Neveux
Original Music
Tommaso Fiorilli
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Critic Reviews for The Insult (L'insulte)

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (15)

  • The Insult provides a valuable, fascinating and hard-hitting history lesson on Middle East politics, particularly the plight of Palestinians. It instructs, but offers no easy answers. [Full review in Japanese]

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Any sense of predictability is dispelled by the film's ending which triumphantly unites the political and the personal by crystallising their connection in two great performances.

    August 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Insult" is optimistic enough to leave the door open to hope. But it's also realistic enough to only leave it ajar.

    February 15, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • It shows that even in the most hostile of situations, with all of our prejudices in front of and behind us, we're still in this together.

    February 9, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • ... powerful new movie directed by Ziad Doueiri...

    February 2, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • We may not be able to export democracy to the Middle East, but exporting Law & Order has been a piece of cake.

    February 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Insult (L'insulte)

  • Apr 02, 2018
    A slowly absorbing courtroom drama that could have been a bit more well polished, especially considering the way it tries to force our sympathy towards the two characters, but I do love how it shows that a personal conflict can reveal so much about something more complex than it seems.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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