Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018)
Critic Consensus: Capernaum hits hard, but rewards viewers with a smart, compassionate, and ultimately stirring picture of lives in the balance.
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This contrast results in bursts of humor, recalling the likes of Slumdog Millionaire and The Florida Project. But Capernaum is a darker watch than either.
Labaki's excellent film is tough sledding - a sucker punch that lands with the emotional force of Dickens relocated to the slums of the modern-day Middle East.
These pains somehow doesn't feel exploitative or gratuitous-there is a nuanced matter-of-factness even in Labaki's empathy that prevents it to ever become pity.
Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki brings an undeniable emotional pull to this harrowing portrait of a poverty-stricken child's fight to survive in the slums of Beirut.
It's a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance.
There's no reprieve from the extreme poverty that fuels Zain's parents's abuses or that drives Rahil to risk everything to care for her child. Sadness isn't just around every corner of this film; it is in the viewer's face throughout its runtime.
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