12 Mar 2019

Capharnaüm / Capernaum (Nadine Labaki, 2018)

☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

A fine example of what one could dub as 'pamphlet filmmaking disguised as art', Capernaum explores or rather, exploits its sensitive theme of (extreme) child neglect in a 'bulletin news accompanied by weeping violins' manner, often appearing as banal, prosaic, impersonal, manipulative, on-the-nose, unintentionally toxic and not to mention sycophantic towards the occidental bourgeoisie craving for a 'poverty porn' fix, with some redeeming qualities found in the impressively nuanced performance by a young first-timer, Zain Al Rafeea, the presence of his sweet, one-year-old baby partner Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, as well as in Christopher Aoun's dynamic camerawork.

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