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After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

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Ziad Doueiri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adel Karam ... Tony Hanna
Kamel El Basha ... Yasser Abdallah Salameh
Camille Salameh Camille Salameh ... Wajdi Wehbe
Diamand Bou Abboud ... Nadine Wehbe (as Diamand Abou Abboud)
Rita Hayek ... Shirine Hanna
Talal Jurdi Talal Jurdi ... Talal (General Manager)
Christine Choueiri ... Manal Salameh
Julia Kassar Julia Kassar ... Judge Colette Mansour
Rifaat Torbey Rifaat Torbey ... Samir Geagea
Carlos Chahine Carlos Chahine ... Judge Chahine
Walid Abboud Walid Abboud ... Himself (Television Host)
Georges Daoud Georges Daoud ... Georges Hanna
Elie Njeim Elie Njeim ... Elie
Sami Hamdan Sami Hamdan ... Ibrahim Nassar
Tony Mehanna Tony Mehanna ... The President
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In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.

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Words Change Everything.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Cyprus | Belgium | Lebanon | USA

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

14 September 2017 (Lebanon) See more »

Also Known As:

El insulto See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,001,305, 19 April 2018
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The insult film was inspired by the 1975 Lebanese civil war. See more »

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Wajdi Wehbe: Wajdi Wehbe: No one has a monopoly on suffering.
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When Emotions Boil Over
26 February 2018 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

I imagine "The Insult" will inspire strong feelings among certain viewers who have a close connection to the topic, and especially those from parts of the world that feel strongly one way or another about the Palestinian conflict. Most of the rest of us will probably learn a little something about the cultural and religious conflict between Lebanese Christians and Palestinians, something Americans (where I'm from) certainly don't ever learn much about unless we actively seek it out.

I very much enjoyed "The Insult" and I appreciated its attempts to be objective about a topic that most people who are directly affected by it can't be. People don't generally like to hear that there is often not a right or wrong side to a given issue but rather a vast middle area of gray, especially not in our current world climate where there's a "with us or against us" mentality about most things. But while I appreciated the film's approach, I couldn't help but feel it had a little bit of an after school special quality about it, a kind of preachy "can't we all just get along" tone that I don't necessarily disagree with but which feels a bit naive and facile in our extremely complicated times.

A worthy effort and one that has a lot to recommend it. It just didn't hit it out of the ball park.

Grade: A-


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