Rated 14 Accompaniment (Mature Theme, Substance Abuse) ~ Runs 126 minutes
Dir.: Nadine Labaki, Lebanon/France
Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankolé
In Arabic and some Amharic with English subtitles.
“This journey through the slums of Lebanon thrills with compassion and heart. A young boy, Zain, stands up in court in Lebanon. He has already done time for stabbing someone. Now he wants to sue his parents for giving him life... Magnetically portrayed by Syrian migrant Zain al Rafeea, the boy’s angelic looks suggest innocence, but his angry, sweary outbursts betray a harsh childhood. This contrast results in bursts of humor, recalling the likes of Slumdog Millionaire and The Florida Project... Most of the film takes place in flashback, tracing Zain’s route to jail via the slums of Beirut. He has run away from home after one of his many sisters is sold to a leering local man. Furious at his world-weary parents, he finds a new mother figure in Rahil, an immigrant who’s fearing deportation and hiding her baby from authorities... Capernaum is quietly absorbing and fitfully shocking as we experience the sights and sounds of the streets where a one-year-old child can wander around alone without anyone stopping to wonder why. Labaki’s closing masterstroke... gives this slow-burner a finale with a powerful plea for justice and compassion.” - Anna Smith, Time Out New York