L'insulte (2017)

Words Change Everything.

Blu-ray, 1h 53min
Rating: 7.7
Votes: 10851
Languages: Arabic
Country: France, Cyprus, Belgium, Lebanon, USA
Director: Ziad Doueiri
Music: Éric Neveux

Plot outline

After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

Plots

After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.

What should have been a trivial altercation, quickly settled and forgotten, instead propels two men to the center of a politically charged scandal in Lebanon-one that reopens historical and political wounds on both sides. When Yasser, a Palestinian refugee and building foreman, and Tony, a Christian nationalist and auto mechanic, go head to head after a misunderstanding involving a drainpipe on Tony's balcony, Yasser utters an insult Tony cannot forgive. The events immediately following result in the two stubborn men facing off in court where, fueled by the media and a famous right-wing Christian lawyer, old wounds and unresolved tension threaten to divide a nation. - Anonymous

In modern Lebanon of the delicate equilibriums, the frail ethnic and religious amalgamations, and the still flaming scars of a devastating 15-year-long Civil War, a rather insignificant issue between two men, the Lebanese Christian, Tony, and the Palestinian refugee, Yasser, gets rapidly blown out of proportion. Before long, a hot-headed act of impropriety, a vain effort at reconciliation, and a sincere apology that never came will prepare the ground for a fierce showdown in court, gradually escalating into nationwide proportions. But, what was the insult in the first place? - Nick Riganas

When Palestinian Muslim foreman Yasser installs a new drainpipe on Lebanese Christian Tony's balcony without his permission, Tony's dislike of Palestinians triggers what appears to be a minor disagreement. But insults are hurled, and the situation soon escalates out of control. What begins with a petty argument leads to a highly publicized trial that captivates a nation, and also gives a range of people an opportunity to settle old scores. Doueiri masterfully takes this private clash of wills as a starting point to explore historic rifts amongst Lebanese communities, and the aftermath of the civil war. Intelligently using humor and pathos, The Insult is ultimately a plea for empathy, forgiveness and peace. - Anonymous

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