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3.6
311 Ratings

Capernaum

Capharnaüm

Directed by Nadine Labaki
Lebanon, 2018
Drama

Synopsis

Exploring the lives of migrants in Beirut, the film focuses on a child who rebels against the life he’s been imposed and launches a lawsuit

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Capernaum Directed by Nadine Labaki

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2018 | 2 wins including: Jury Prize

Academy Awards

2019 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2019 | Winner: IFFR Audience Award

Man hands on misery to man at an astonishing rate in Nadine Labaki’s righteously angry slum-survival melodrama.
February 23, 2019
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Labaki’s ability with these non-professional actors, including the baby, is remarkable.
February 22, 2019
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Labaki’s greatest achievement may be that she made a beautifully crafted film with such a deep understanding for her untrained actors that it’s nearly impossible to tear our eyes from the screen or forget what we’ve witnessed.
January 04, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film Capernaum

    CAPERNAUM really hit it off the park for me. One very angry movie Labaki has made here (and yet, she still found one or two moment of sweet laughter). Political? Maybe. But the reason I love this film so bad is less because of the message and more of how beautifully made the film really is, despite of it's ugly subject matter. Zain Al-Raffea did more with his eyes than all the Oscar nominees combined.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Capernaum

    So much poverty, such adorable kids. I don't know how I survived all the emotional blackmail, but I did. It's a rather simplistic story, that vilifies the parents without looking much deeper into the real problems... at the same time only when you see the credits roll do you realise this was actually a "film" and not some sort of documentary made by a small crew, because of how immersed you feel in the human tragedy.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Capernaum

    Bcp de talent mais des faiblesses de scénario. Pourquoi ce petit, qui traine ses parents au tribunal, ne peut-il pas aller à l'hopital ? Les associations humanitaires & célébrités au générique montrent un pamphlet pro-migratoire. Mais les migrants ne sont pas des enfants & leur mère fuyant la guerre, mais des hommes jeunes cherchant l'argent & la protection sociale de l'Europe déclinante à force de naïve culpabilité.

  • Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film Capernaum

    FNC / Montréal / Entry 5: "Capharnaüm"is a powerful and devastating film which depicts childhood and poverty in an honest and touching way. The emotion is present all the way through to that beautiful and relevant ending. Plus, the directing sensibility of Labaki is really unique and the light humorous bits (Cockroach Man) are well contrasted with the tough drama. Good acting from everyone even that baby. Great film.

  • Jason's rating of the film Capernaum

    The points I have against CAPERNAUM relate to a fumbled conceit, facile structure, and interminable tone. However, I find the suggestion that Labaki has sought to depict this world with anything short of total sincerity callow in the extreme. I'm always in the market for unique films shot on location in fascinating cities. Sadly, a big part of my experience of CAPERNAUM involved white people munching popcorn.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Capernaum

    Loved it. Thoroughly effecting and deeply emotional. The riveting central performance from Zain Alrafeea was so vitally alive, full of feeling and utterly lacking in self-consciousness. A harrowing watch that managed to wrap things up with a sense of hope where so many other films would kick you in the teeth. 5 stars

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Capernaum

    Simultaneously sensitive and straightforward in her directorial methods, Labaki articulates the moral complexities of the subject matter with an equal share of fascination and depression.

  • IDA's rating of the film Capernaum

    The poster looks like a bad NGO ad, and that's exactly what the movie is. Using a cute baby, a cute little boy, a cute little girl to play his sister, and repetitive drone shots of Beirut, Nadine Labaki reaches SO hard for you to cry and give her an Oscar. Very unsettling and shallow in direction (flashy "montage" with the African migrant was ridiculous) and in her messaging: "poor people don't deserve children."

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