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Capernaum movie cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordannos Shiferaw
Capernaum movie director: Nadine Labaki
Capernaum movie rating: Three stars


Young Zain is serving a five-year sentence in a Beirut prison for stabbing someone. For such a little boy, he is astonishingly poised, and heartbreakingly self-reliant. He knows he has no one to fall back on. His parents, such as they are, are of no help: they dont even remember how old he is. Zain is alone, and has to learn to fend for himself.

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Capernaum, which means a disorderly accumulation of objects, is an apt name for a film in which there seems to be no order. Zain doesnt really have a home: when he walks into what passes for one in an unlovely Beirut slum, he finds irresponsible adults instead of responsible parents.

For a large part of the film, we see Zain (accompanied by a baby, whom he pulls along in a makeshift pram) trying to live by his wits, and to keep out of danger. From child peddlers, to heartless landlords, to adults preying upon teenage girls—these are things no young child should have to face on his own.


Labakis film, which won a jury prize and a standing ovation at the Cannes film festival in 2018, is a bit too melodramatic in places, and comes off a tadRead More – Source

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