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Two years ago,despite over a dozen submissions since 1978,Lebanon hadn't had a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.Now,the small Middle Eastern country is looking at a likely second consecutive nomination.The Insultwas a powerful portrait of two adult men divided by hate and behaving like children.Capernaum,equally compelling,spotlights the opposite: a child acting like an adult,seemingly far more capable of understanding the world for what it is than the actual grown-ups in his life.

The sensational description of this film's plot focuses on its approximately twelve-year-old protagonist Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) suing his parents for giving birth to him.That summary may conjure up courtroom drama,but that's far from the truth of the film which takes place on merciless streets.Instead,Capernaumprovides a layered look at what it means to be responsible for another person...


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