The Insult (L'insulte)

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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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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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Critic Reviews for The Insult (L'insulte)

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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.

Aug 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.

Feb 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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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.

Feb 9, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

... powerful new movie directed by Ziad Doueiri...

Feb 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.

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

"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.

Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Insult (L'insulte)


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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