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Capernaum
Nadine Labaki Libano, 2018
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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If the plot mechanics are somewhat flimsy it hardly matters, because such a powerful gravitational center is provided by the protagonist, Zain, a boy of around 12 played with electrifying toughness, hurt, and grace by Syrian refugee Zain al-Rafeea.
December 24, 2018
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With a journalistic ardor for detail that sometimes outweighs the drama, Labaki depicts underworld barbarity, official indifference, and the crushing weight of traditional misogyny through Zain’s ferociously intelligent, deeply principled perspective.
December 14, 2018
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“Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki’s hectic and heartbreaking new film, borrows its name from an ancient city condemned to hell, according to the Book of Matthew, by Jesus himself. The word has since become a synonym for chaos, and modern Beirut as captured by Ms. Labaki’s camera is a teeming vision of the inferno, a place without peace, mercy or order.
December 13, 2018
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It seems churlish to find fault with Capernaum, which certainly must be given credit for exposing a side of life that most viewers will never witness. It mixes humor and pathos with a deft hand and is undoubtedly entertaining and thought-provoking. Yet there are moments when the film’s effort to tug at our heartstrings seems a bit too obvious and overdone.
October 17, 2018
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Poverty porn at its most shameless, Nadine Labaki’s paean to Beirut’s street urchins charmed a number of viewers when it was screened in this year’s Cannes Competition; one can only conclude that otherwise reasonable critics are reduced to quivering sentimentalists when plied with images of adorable children and babies.
September 01, 2018
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Hopefully Labaki will do away with the heavy-handed music and allow the extraordinary performance by Zain Al Rafeea, as a 12-year-old runaway who sues his parents for bringing him into the world, to compel hearts and minds.
July 03, 2018
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I’ve managed to forget most of the dirty details of Nadine Labaki’s poverty bukkake, but the pseudo-neorealist elements most certainly included two extremely precocious abandoned children, a snowballing accrual of misery, and something about life not being worth living on the streets for parents and children alike.
July 02, 2018
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A passion project, Capharnäumsuffers, if anything, from too much of it (passion, that is): Labaki tries to insert so many social issues into the film that she finds it difficult to maintain a focus on any one of them.
June 27, 2018
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The story is carried by Zain’s practical-minded efforts to survive; his resourcefulness, not to mention his twisted sense of right and wrong, can be quite gripping. Labaki has done her homework, and the film carries a tough-minded authenticity.
May 30, 2018
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The third-place Prix du Jury went to Lebanon’s Nadine Labaki for Capernaum, a slum-kid odyssey with some standout non-pro performances and many standard tear-jerking maneuvers from the annals of urchin cinema.
May 29, 2018
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It captures a touchingly detailed realism and is deeply engaging, but it’s difficult to ignore Labaki’s cameo as Zain’s lawyer Nadine, a confusing casting choice that upsets the tone of what would be my favourite film of the lot.
May 25, 2018
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The narrative framework is clunkily handled, giving the audience a barrage of exposition, and the switches between the courtroom scenes and the flashbacks that make up the bulk of the film are also slightly heavy-handed. But Labaki’s storytelling is impeccable in the story proper, and the film attains a real emotional sweep, enough to paper over technical cracks and excuse the odd lurch into sentimentalism.
May 19, 2018
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Although the narrative is structured through a highly unbelievable instigating conceit — Zain is trying to sue his own parents in court for giving him life in the first place — Labaki lures such outstanding performances out of the almost entirely non-professional cast and sketches such a credible view of this wretchedly poor milieu that the flaws are mostly forgivable.
May 17, 2018
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