In Beirut, a brother and sister plan to break away from their destitute family who cannot look after them properly.
A young girl is married off to a much older man and doesn't survive. A woman's hair is cut off after she escapes a household that felt like prison. She has a baby in precarious circumstances. A man offers her the means to survive if she gives him the baby, her firstborn.
These are not only the scenarios for grim fairytales like Hansel and Gretel, Bluebeard, Rapunzel, and Rumpelstiltskin, but the real life circumstances of impoverished refugee children in Lebanon that Nadine Labaki depicts in her powerful fictional, yet painfully close to real, Capernaum(Capharnaüm). Named after the town by the Sea of Galilee which was cursed by Jesus, the film's chaos and biblical Hell on Earth is experienced by a young boy named Zain. In response to this adult-made hell, Zain takes his parents to court "Because I was born."
Winner of the Jury Prize, Prix de la citoyennete, & Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Nominated for a Palme d'Or, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a BIFA.
"Salvation is barely a twinkle in the eye of pre-teen scrabbler Zain, driven to sue his parents for bringing him in to a life of destitution in Nadine Lavaki's furious, tumultuous Lebanese drama." - Casper Salmon, Sight & Sound
"Capernaum is a powerful film about a young boy's struggle to survive... What I love about this film the most is its energy. It is gritty, raw, honest... This story forces you to explore a kind of empathy and understanding for the characters that would otherwise seem impossible. This was probably one of the best foreign films I've seen this year...There was not one moment where I felt lost or didn't believe in the relationships. The cast was superb, natural and worked great as a whole. This was a wonderful experience." - Malika Harris, Irish Film Critic *****