SOME PARENTS DO NOT DESERVE TO HAVE KIDS: AGREE OR DISAGREE?
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film FESTIVAL.
Nadine Labaki’s CAPERNAUM (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. Labaki’s heartbreaking film, borrowed its name from an ancient city, according to the Book of Matthew, by Jesus himself. The word has since become synonymous with chaos, and Beirut as captured by her camera is a teeming vision of the inferno, a place without peace, mercy, or order.
What Nadine has done in this movie has been long awaiting to be shown to the world! It is real, it exists in Beirut – so close to the luxurious downtown it is scary – and it is an absolute shame for us as humans to be so indifferent to such a scale of abuse, pain, tragedy. Bravo Nadine!!! Such a brutal honesty and raw portrayal of life, let alone acting… Incredible.
The lead character is portrayed by Zain al Rafeea a real-life refugee from Syria’s civil war who was only 12 years old and barely literate when the director met him. Her decision to cast nonactors and to eschew professionals was based on her apprehension about finding a young lead actor who would be able to play the street-smart 12-year-old she had envisioned. And finally, in Zain she found her heartbreaking urchin.
In this review, I would not like to tell you the entire story and break the ice for you. But my endeavor is to compel you enough to search it on Netflix and watch it straight away. This one is a masterpiece; and trust me it will leave you speechless and will make you go through a series of emotional hyperbole.
The story revolves around illegal immigrantsand the people of the slum in Beirut. Zain leaves his home when is younger sister Sahar is married to their master and there he meets Tigest an Ethiopian refugee who is trying to get false papers so that she can get everything for her 10 months old son, who otherwise will be taken away from her.Then when Zain comes to know that Sahar is dead, he stabs their master for causing her death.
The scenes between Zain and Yonas (Tigest’s son) , never looked like they were part of a movie but rather as if , we were just sitting near them and admiring them in our home.
The scene when Tigest gets arrested and Zain steals a bottle of milk from a child to feed him, Yonas rejects the milk, a 10-month-old kid, why will he reject it? Left to audience imagination…But the scene is a must-watch and you will never see a better scene in world cinema than this between a 12-year-old and a 10 months old… gut-wrenching it is !!
Capernaum is daring and it screams realism. The craft here is impeccable, the story is heart-wrenching, and performances are first rate. I can honestly say that this is one of the best films I have ever seen in my life, in other words, this is a work of art. And trust me guys if not for anything just watch it for its ending: because it is beautiful which projects hope.
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