The Insult is the latest feature from director and co-writer Ziad Doueiri, who, following work on several Quentin Tarantino films, went on to direct the acclaimed West Beirut and The Attack. The new film is set in today’s Beirut, where an insult blown out of proportion finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. Uncovering hidden wounds and traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case threatens to ignite a social explosion in divided Lebanon, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and their prejudices.
Top critics have been unanimously in their praise. A.O. Scott of The New York Times called The Insult “undeniable exhilarating,” while Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers called it a “a must-see … a legal thriller that fairly crackles with timely provocations.” The film “will become a major talking point,” said Jay Weissberg of Variety. Alan Scherstuhl of The Village Voice called it “gripping entertainment, passionate and humane.”
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