Rent Capernaum (2018)

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Synopsis:
Forced to live by his wits in order to survive, Zain's life in Beirut reaches a turning point when his parents make an unforgiveable deal that will see his younger sister (Haita 'Cedra' Izzam) married off. Left distraught by this terrible turn of event he takes to the road and whilst looking for work at a fairground, befriends a young woman who is working as a cleaner and helps to look after her adorable baby Jonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole). Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) and Jonas form a touching bond but things are about to get much more complicated when a set of circumstances force Zain to make choices that will have huge ramifications.
'Capernaum' is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit - a battle cry for the forgotten, the unwanted and the lost that offers hope in the most unexpected of places.
Actors:
Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad, Fadi Yousef, Haita 'Cedra' Izzam, Alaa Chouchnieh, , Elias Khoury, Nour El Husseini, Joseph Jimbazian, Samira Chalhoub, Farah Hasno, Joe Maalouf, Alexandre Youakim, Michele Sedad, Rahaf El Razek, Farah Kanjo, Mirna Izzam, Riman Al Rafeea
Directors:
Producers:
Michel Merkt, Khaled Mouzanar
Writers:
Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany, Georges Khabbaz, Khaled Mouzanar
Others:
Khaled Mouzanar
Aka:
Capharnaüm / Chaos
Studio:
Picturehouse Entertainment
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Lebanon, Drama
Awards:

2018 Cannes Jury Prize

BBFC:
Release Date:
29/07/2019
Run Time:
120 minutes
Languages:
Amharic, Arabic
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Capernaum - A Look Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/07/2019
Run Time:
126 minutes
Languages:
Amharic, Arabic
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Capernaum - A Look Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (4) of Capernaum

Touching - Capernaum review by jM

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09/09/2019

A very touching portrayal of what life is like for refugees in Lebanon. While the dialogue is spare, the acting is outstanding, in particular the young boy who struggles valiantly to deal with impossible circumstances. His relationship with the toddler, whose reactions are completely natural and must have required many hours of patient camera-work to capture, is moving and almost heroical.

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Why did the little boy sue his parents? - Capernaum review by AB

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12/09/2019

Eleven year old Zain, who lives in Beirut, decides to sue his parents. Watch the film and you will found out why. It is a heart-rending tale of poverty, immigrants, and the daily struggle to survive. Zain shows compassion, courage and creativity when he finds himself looking after an adorable toddler, with no help whatsoever. A tough but rewarding watch. Subtitled.

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Emotionally devastating cinema. - Capernaum review by TE

Spoiler Alert
22/10/2019

This is a magnificent film that defies criticism with its sheer honesty and emotional punch.

At times the abject poverty and the marginal lives of the children are almost unbearable to watch. Zain al Rafeea's performance is incredibly good (and he doesn't look anywhere near as old as 12, the age he is supposed to be). The baby is, of course, not acting...but even so he deserves his own Oscar.

It is helpful to watch the short special feature film of life on the set. This offsets concerns as to the treatment of the children in the film, though the director certainly tests the boundaries of what is ethically acceptable.

Nadine Labaki goes from strength to strength as a film-maker.

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