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161 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

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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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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With fluid, careening camerawork and a heavy-handed score that underlines every dramatic inflection, the film revels in the Law & Order–style sensationalism of the courtroom. . . . For all its bluntness, however, the questions The Insult contemplates are as intractable and elusive as those in The Attack.
January 03, 2018
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