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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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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.
"The Insult" is optimistic enough to leave the door open to hope. But it's also realistic enough to only leave it ajar.
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.
... powerful new movie directed by Ziad Doueiri...
We may not be able to export democracy to the Middle East, but exporting Law & Order has been a piece of cake.
"The Insult" drives the point home while offering insight into the Middle East conflict (it's at least part history lesson) by way of a riveting courtroom drama enhanced by terrific performances.
As a character study and political piece, it's too scattershot to make an impact, but its quality when in court is undeniable - it's unpolished, but not a failure.
Does an insult carry the same weight of a physical assault?
While The Insult focuses on Lebanese history and cultural conflict, it is a story that will feel familiar to anyone whose country has a vivid and volatile divide.
"The insult shows enough sensitivity and intelligence so the cinephile can finish the movie, like his stubborn protagonists, with a minimum smile of understanding and complicity".
The director's skill lies in how well he fleshes out the confrontation, letting us see Tony and Yasser as proud, fallible beings, not political cyphers.
... The Insult betrays good taste by succumbing to every eye-roll-inducing cliché imaginable
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.
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