Mini Movie Review: CAPERNAUM

The Lebanese movie CAPERNAUM (2018), with its subtitle translation being “Chaos,” blew me away. I can’t remember the last time I watched more riveting, powerful acting than what twelve-year-old (now aged sixteen) Syrian refugee, Zain Al Rafeea, delivers here. Taking place in the slums of Beirut, the story focuses on a streetwise, impoverished boy who tries to protect his eleven-year-old sister from being married off to their family’s landlord. Surrounded by squalor and pain, Zain (also the name of the main character) bravely faces what life throws at him. Filmed in documentary, hand-held camera style, the sense of intimacy and immediacy is constant. I highly recommend this phenomenal film.

2 thoughts on “Mini Movie Review: CAPERNAUM

  1. The heart, soul, and strength this young boy displayed in light of his own upbringing were quite amazing to behold. Thank you for sharing this wonderful film that was captivating from the get-go.

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    1. You are most welcome! I guessed that you would like the movie.

      For another good, overcoming hardship movie– albeit comparatively less harrowing than CAPERNAUM– I recommend the wonderful biopic THE WHITE CROW (from 2019). It’s about the early life of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev up until his defection from the Soviet Union in 1961. It’s very well-done.

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