The Insult

    The Insult


    After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

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      • Adel KaramTony Hanna
      • Kamel El BashaYasser Abdallah Salameh
      • Diamand Abou Abboud
      • Rita HayekShirine Hanna
      • Christine ChoueiriManal Salameh
      • Talal JurdiTalal
      • Camille SalamehWajdi Wehbe
      • Julia KassarJudge Colette Mansour
      • Rifaat TorbeySamir Geagea
      • Carlos ChahineJudge Chahine


      • 80

        The Hollywood Reporter

        A highly political movie that's also a personal story of two men going head-to-head while the women around them are left to pick up the pieces, this gorgeously shot and classily acted feature might be a reel too long but is nonetheless a fascinating piece of work.
      • 80

        Wall Street Journal

        It’s weighed down by symbolic significance, yet powerful and instructive all the same, with a few flickerings of black comedy.
      • 75

        The Film Stage

        How Joelle Touma’s script progresses is heavy-handed in its desire to augment the tensions and provide justifications, but it’s still powerful nonetheless.
      • 70

        Screen Daily

        The film also has plenty to say about male stubbornness and the casual misogyny that lurks behind the apparent equality of Lebanese society.
      • 70

        The New York Times

        There is something undeniably exhilarating about the film’s honest assessment of the never-ending conflict between decency and cruelty that rages in every nation, neighborhood and heart.
      • 67


        While it doesn’t quite justify the sprawling courtroom antics or the blunt metaphor they entail, the movie nevertheless provides a profound look at the effect of historical trauma on modern Lebanese society.
      • 63

        Slant Magazine

        Ziad Doueiri's film is well acted and staged with periodic liveliness, but its earnestness grows wearying.
      • 60


        The film can't be faulted for its attempt to argue for some kind of humane kinship and reconciliation, even if this attempt ends up dissolving the enmity in a sentimentality that, given what has come before, strains credibility.

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