Capernaum

Release Date: December 14th, 2018

R |2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary

After fleeing his negligent and abusive parents, a hardened, streetwise 12-year-old boy sues them to protest the life they've given him.

Cast: Nadine Labaki, Kawthar Al Haddad, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Fadi Yousef

Director: Nadine Labaki

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Sony Pictures Classics, Les Films des Tournelles

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Monica CastilloTheWrap

    Days after watching the movie, I still have some reservations about how abuse is shown in the film, but it’s hauntingly effective. I haven’t been able to shake those images since. show more

  • 70
    Lee MarshallScreen International

    If it doesn’t tie many (or any) of these thematic strands with a neat bow, that’s in the nature of a film that chooses raw dramatic power over narrative finesse. show more

  • 70
    Leslie FelperinThe Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language