The Insult (L'Insulte)

2017 | France, Lebanon | R | 113 min.


City Opera House Wed, Aug 1, 2018 9:00 AM
Bijou by the Bay Thu, Aug 2, 2018 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Fiction
Release Year:2017
Runtime:113 min.
Production Country:France
Original Language:Arabic
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ziad Doueiri
Produced by:Antoun Sehnaoui
Jean Bréhat
Rachib Bouchareb
Julie Gayet
Nadia Turnicev
Screenwriter:Ziad Doueiri
Joelle Touma
Cinematography:Tommaso Fiorilli
Editing By:Dominique Marcombe
Cast:Adel Karam
Kamel El Basha
Camille Salameh
Diamand Abou Abboud
Rita Hayek


It’s a typical summer afternoon in Beirut when the simple issue of a broken drainpipe causes an argument between two men: hot-headed Tony, who’s Christian, and construction foreman Yasser, who happens to be a Palestinian refugee. During the dispute one of them utters an unforgivable insult, the catalyst that leads first to injury and eventually to an explosive courtroom case that gains national attention and fuels a much larger political fire. This complex and riveting drama is at once a layered exploration of the history of the Lebanese Civil War and a timely examination of the continued conflicts in the region. With faultless filmmaking by Lebanese-born Ziad Doueiri, this extraordinary film is a relevant reminder that no matter our politics or where we live, our tendency to hold on tight to the past can prevent us from moving into a better future.