Capernaum. 2018. Lebanon. Directed by Nadine Labaki. 121 min.
A searing Social Realist drama with a breathless pace, Capernaum follows Zain, a young Lebanese boy who must fend for himself on the dangerous streets of Beirut. One of many siblings born to inattentive and abusive parents, Zain seeks respite elsewhere, eventually finding it in the home of Rahil, an Ethiopian refugee and her infant son, Yonas. Led by an extraordinary cast of mostly non-actors, Labaki’s film unflinchingly focuses our gaze on Zain, who is forced to mature at an extremely young age in a world where all systems have deteriorated. A thoughtfully constructed film, Labaki’s third feature is strongest in its ability to balance pathos and chaos to share a story that is too infrequently told. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics