The Insult

Opens Friday, February 16
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1hr 52mins // directed by:Ziad Doueiri // featuring:Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha // in Arabic with English subtitles // DCP // assisted listening

In today’s Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court.

As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another.

"The Insult starts out as an allegory about Middle East wrongs and resentments that’s so sharp you could cut your fingers on it. Then it expands beyond the allegorical into actuality, all while walking a razor’s edge of dramatic tension and clear-eyed humanism. The film’s from Lebanon and is nominated for this year’s foreign language Oscar; while it has competition (“A Fantastic Woman,” from Chile; “The Square,” from Sweden; “Loveless,” from Russia), it’s a more than worthy contender." — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe


"But 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." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times