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195 Ratings

The Insult


Directed by Ziad Doueiri
Lebanon, France, 2017


Following a trivial incident, a violent dispute occurs between a Christian from Lebanese origin and a Palestinian Muslim. Thus began a long trial in which Palestinians and Lebanese Christians compete to a national level.

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The Insult Directed by Ziad Doueiri

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Volpi Cup - Best Actor

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

That the film has reportedly been met with some controversy at home likely says something about the contentiousness of the issues involved. But regardless of its high aims, most of what The Insult offers—unlikely last-minute reveals, argumentative lawyers, stone-faced judges—is the stuff of a diverting, junky courtroom drama.
January 30, 2018
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The film might be a high-concept allegory, but it’s also a riveting legal drama about the nature of justice and the buried resentments of the past. And it’s yet another deeply personal work from Doueiri, whose work regularly tackles the complex tangle of allegiances in the modern Middle East.
January 19, 2018
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The year is not even two weeks old but it already has one electrifyingly brilliant film to its credit. “The Insult” plunges into the thicket of Lebanon’s sectarian divisions with a riveting courtroom drama that shows how even minor interpersonal tensions can boil over into national traumas. While the issues it engages are timely and important, the film’s claim to fame really comes from its terrific accomplishments on every front, from writing and directing to acting and cinematography.
January 12, 2018
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