Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad, Fadi Kamel Yousef, Haita ’Cedra’ Izzam
Director: Nadine Labaki
Running Time: 126 minutes
Certificate: 15 - strong language, references to child abuse, drug misuse
OSCAR NOMINATED: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"A social-realist blockbuster - fired by furious compassion and teeming with sorrow, yet strewn with diamond-shards of beauty, wit and hope."
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"I loved every minute of this movie, which seems largely improvised, yet is brilliantly crafted by director and co-writer Nadine Labaki."
- Brian Viner, Daily Mail
"Deep breathing is required to get you through some of the movie’s tougher scenes but, as a whole, it’s a testimony to human resilience and the astonishing power of hope."
- Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro
"This contrast results in bursts of humor, recalling the likes of Slumdog Millionaire and The Florida Project. But Capernaum is a darker watch than either."
- Anna Smith, Time Out
"With two astonishing child performances, Capernaum is a real heart-breaker. It can make Ken Loach look happy-go-lucky but it’s a gripping, sympathetic cry for the dispossessed."
- Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"Director Nadine Labaki elicits an astonishing performance from her young lead."
- Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Capernaum is for fans of Slumdog Millionaire, not Pather Panchali: neorealism with bells on. Some scenes, even so, scar us and stay with us."
- Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Rafeea, a non-professional actor and Syrian refugee, is the film’s secret weapon. At times, the tragedy unfolding on screen feels borderline unwatchable, but his strange, fascinating, eerily adult face offers a litany of minute expressions."
- Simran Hans, Observer
"It’s harsh and abrasive, and sometimes difficult...but Labaki has layered the film with just enough moments of kindness to break your heart."
- Kevin Maher, Times
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