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

Writers:

Nadine Labaki (screenplay), Jihad Hojeily (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Zain Al Rafeea ... Zain
Yordanos Shiferaw Yordanos Shiferaw ... Rahil
Boluwatife Treasure Bankole ... Yonas
Kawsar Al Haddad Kawsar Al Haddad ... Souad
Fadi Yousef Fadi Yousef ... Selim (as Fadi Kamel Yousef)
Cedra Izzam Cedra Izzam ... Sahar, the Sister
Alaa Chouchnieh Alaa Chouchnieh ... Aspro
Elias Khoury Elias Khoury ... The Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammad Al Abdallah Mohammad Al Abdallah ... Salah
Mohamad Abdellatif Mohamad Abdellatif ... Street Kid
Abdo Abdo Abdo Abdo ... Notary
Hampig Abraham Hampig Abraham ... Street Kid
Jamil Ahmad Jamil Ahmad ... Street Kid
Mohamad Akkar Mohamad Akkar ... Kid
Elias Akobegia Elias Akobegia ... Employer Snack Falafel
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Storyline

Capernaüm ("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, where he meets Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, as Zain takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zain later gets jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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All actors in Capernaum are people whose real life resembles that of the film. Thus, Zain's real life is similar (to some extent) to that of his character, as was Rahil, who was undocumented. For the character of Zain's mother, Nadine Labaki was inspired by a woman she met, who has 16 children and lives in the same conditions as those of Capernaum. Six of her children have died and others are in orphanages for lack of care. The one who plays the role of Kawthar really fed her children with sugar and ice cubes. See more »

Goofs

At about 1hr 32mins, Zain ties Yonas's leg to the shoe stand to prevent him from following or wandering into busy traffic, but he tied the right leg in the initial scene and then after a cut back to that scene seconds later he is now tied by his left leg. See more »

Quotes

Zain: Your words pierce my heart. I no longer want to see you. You're heartless.
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References Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) See more »

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Very powerful movie !
7 November 2018 | by lea-bou7See all my reviews

This movie shows a lot of issues that we can find in Lebanon but also in a lot of other countries , it raises awareness of how bad life can get specially to young children . I hope that after watching this movie every single one of us will start to act in order to make this world a better place . Nadine Labaki did an amazing job because she showed the truth in a strong and realistic way . I also want to add that the kid is very talented he played his caracter in such a powerful way we could see pain in his eyes and it touched our heart and soul ! I recommend this movie it's a roller coaster of emotions !!


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Country:

Lebanon | USA | France | Cyprus | Qatar | UK

Language:

Arabic | Amharic

Release Date:

20 September 2018 (Lebanon) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaos See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,988, 16 December 2018

Gross USA:

$1,661,096

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,417,003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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