The Insult

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Ziad Doueiri’s (The Attack) Oscar-nominated legal drama explores festering historical, political and religious divisions in his native Lebanon.

"When Palestinian Muslim foreman Yasser installs a new drainpipe on Lebanese Christian Tony’s balcony without his permission, Tony’s dislike of Palestinians triggers what appears to be a minor disagreement. But insults are hurled, and the situation soon escalates out of control. What begins with a petty argument leads to a highly publicised trial that captivates a nation, and also gives a range of people an opportunity to settle old scores." (Sydney Film Festival)

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Drama, Thriller, World Cinema, Festival & Independent

112mins

Rating: M Mature themes and coarse language

Arabic with English subtitles

France, Cyprus, Belgium, Lebanon, USA

Hollywood Reporter

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This gorgeously shot and classily acted feature might be a reel too long but is nonetheless a fascinating piece of work ...

Los Angeles Times

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An engrossingly blunt instrument of a movie ...

New York Magazine

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As a study of inflammation in the body politic, "The Insult" is engaged and astute.

New York Times

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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, neighbourhood and heart.

Rolling Stone

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Director Ziad Doueiri's Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar nominee from Lebanon is a crackling legal thriller that boils down centuries of Middle Eastern conflict into one reckless insult - and lets the sparks fly.

Variety (USA)

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The tinderbox of Lebanese politics and identity sparks into a controlled conflagration in Ziad Doueiri's calculatedly explosive drama "The Insult."

Vulture

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The Insult fairly hurtles along, throwing not just Muslims against Christians, but also husbands against wives and fathers against daughters. Part of the film is a crackerjack courtroom drama. What's dull is the trajectory.