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The journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy, Zain, who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and to assert his rights, takes them to court suing them for the "crime" of giving him life.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good "Capernaum” is a relentless powerhouse when Labaki follows the misadventures of Zain as he finds a temporary safe haven under the protective wings of Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw), an Ethiopian refugee who illegally works at a fair and mothers the impossibly sweet toddler Yonas...
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good ...the film has an undeniable emotional pull. The sorrow inherent in this tale would be unbearable without the film's flashes of humor and performances by a cast of nonprofessionals that are moving beyond measure. Capernaum suffers from being overly long and chaotic in structure, but there's no mistaking its cumulative effect as an emotional powerhouse.
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average The filmmaker seems unconvinced of the dramatic force of the very environment she's chosen to portray, instead pursing plot machinations that would be more fitting for a stylized thriller.
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