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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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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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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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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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It all began with an insult...
14 September 2017 | by georges-nahasSee all my reviews

The Insult is the definition of a great cinematic achievement. It is the new movie directed by Ziad Doueiri and tells the story of Toni a Christian Lebanese who got into a fight from an insult blown out with a Palestinian plumber. Haunted by their past and the civil war, they went really far with it and the movie took unexpected turns and surprises. Doueiri and Touma wrote a splendid courtroom drama script that is really tense, exciting and really fair for the two sides. It reminded me of the great Sidney Lumet movies with a touch of political background. That film has great characters rich with backup stories and it wouldn't be great without the marvelous cast. Each actors gave an Oscar worthy performance. Thumbs up for Karam, Hayek and Diamand Bou Abboud. I must give credits to Camille Salemeh because he led the show for sure! Doueiri worked hard on letting the actors give their best for the characters. Cinematography and score were also on a high level here! Doueiri is a superb director. His debut West Beirut has always been every Lebanese's favorite. The Insult was competing in Venice (It won best actor for Kamel Basha and had a 5 minutes standing ovation), Telluride, TIFF and it the official submission for Lebanon at the Oscars for best foreign language movie. Daring, bold and smart, this movie is big step forward for the Lebanese cinema.


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