Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes and the Audience Award at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's epic drama of the travails of a young Lebanese boy traversing the underclass of Beirut is bravura filmmaking of the highest order.
Twelve year old Zain stands up in a court room and declares to the judge that he wishes to sue his parents for the crime of giving him life. What initially seems to be an extraordinary charge slowly begins to make all too much sense as the film takes us on a journey through the myriad struggles of Zain's young life. Born into poverty, suffering abuse, seeing his beloved sister sold into marriage, and eventually winding up on the streets taking care of an abandoned toddler, Zain's angry cry for justice reverberates with the righteousness of the powerless.
With extraordinary performances from its cast of non-professional actors from similar backgrounds as their characters, Labaki's film is a grand achievement.
Arabic & Amharic language, English subtitles.
- Commences Thursday, 7 Feb 2019
- Rating CTC
- Genre To Be Advised
- Running Time 110