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The Insult (L'insulte) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Insult uses its familiar courtroom drama framework to deliver a hard-hitting statement on modern Middle Eastern politics that's as gripping as it is thought-provoking.

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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.

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Cast

Camille Salameh
as Wajdi Wehbe
Rita Hayek
as Shirine
Carlos Chahine
as Judge Chahine
Julia Kassar
as Judge Colette Mansour
Rifaat Torbey
as Samir Geaga
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Critic Reviews for The Insult (L'insulte)

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The Insult provides a valuable, fascinating and hard-hitting history lesson on Middle East politics, particularly the plight of Palestinians. It instructs, but offers no easy answers. [Full review in Japanese]

May 2, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Any sense of predictability is dispelled by the film's ending which triumphantly unites the political and the personal by crystallising their connection in two great performances.

August 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"The Insult" is optimistic enough to leave the door open to hope. But it's also realistic enough to only leave it ajar.

February 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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It shows that even in the most hostile of situations, with all of our prejudices in front of and behind us, we're still in this together.

February 9, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

... powerful new movie directed by Ziad Doueiri...

February 2, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

We may not be able to export democracy to the Middle East, but exporting Law & Order has been a piece of cake.

February 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Insult (L'insulte)

½

A slowly absorbing courtroom drama that could have been a bit more well polished, especially considering the way it tries to force our sympathy towards the two characters, but I do love how it shows that a personal conflict can reveal so much about something more complex than it seems.

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Carlos Magalhães

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