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Capharnaüm (2018)

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While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

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Nadine Labaki

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Nadine Labaki (screenplay), Jihad Hojeily (screenwriter) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zain Al Rafeea Zain Al Rafeea ... Zain
Yordanos Shiferaw Yordanos Shiferaw ... Rahil
Boluwatife Treasure Bankole Boluwatife Treasure Bankole ... Yonas
Kawsar Al Haddad Kawsar Al Haddad ... Souad, the Mother
Fadi Yousef Fadi Yousef ... Selim, the Father (as Fadi Kamel Yousef)
Haita 'Cedra' Izzam Haita 'Cedra' Izzam ... Sahar, the Sister
Alaa Chouchnieh Alaa Chouchnieh ... Aspro
Nadine Labaki ... Nadine
Elias Khoury Elias Khoury ... The Judge
Nour El Husseini Nour El Husseini ... Assaad
Joseph Jimbazian Joseph Jimbazian ... Cockroach Man / Harout
Samira Chalhoub Samira Chalhoub ... Daad
Farah Hasno Farah Hasno ... Maysoun
Joe Maalouf Joe Maalouf ... TV presenter
Alexandre Youakim Alexandre Youakim ... Doctor
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Storyline

Capernaun ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, taking care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil and her baby son Yonas, being jailed for a violent crime, and finally, seeking justice in a courtroom.

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Taglines:

"Why are you suing your parents?" "For giving me life."

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug material | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Lebanon | USA

Language:

Arabic | Amharic

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaos See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The boy who stars as "Zein" is actually a Syrian refugee. See more »

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It's not a movie! It's a Masterpiece!
13 September 2018 | by ibrahim-elzein-20189See all my reviews

This is what you call art. This is not just a movie, this is a story of the hardships of life told from the eyes of a beautiful boy.

Nadine Labaki out did herself by portraying the reality that most countries are going through in this time and age.

Do not believe the negative reviews. This is not at all about refugees, they do not even cover this topic in the movie. This is about survival in the toughest and most heartbreaking of situations.

This movie should be on everybody's watch list. It is tough at times, but that's life these days.

Watch it for the sake of the children like Zain.


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