Capernaum – Film

It starts with a child taking his parents to court for bringing him into this world. The rest of the film is about how he got to this point.

Extraordinary drone airial shots of tyre wheels pepper tin tarps of a jughi.

It held our attention for the 2 hours. The terrible harshness of life. To escape (feeling another child, they sell her off – give her away – but aged 11 (just bleeding) to a street vendor. He is befriended by an Ethiopian woman working as a cleaner without legal papers and gets to stay with her in return for minding her baby while she is out at work. But when she is picked up by police, he has to head off back to the streets, taking the baby with him – and is confronted by some terrible choices. Street wisdom – trading in street perscription drugs a system taught by their parents. It is a gripping, sympathetic cry for the dispossessed by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki. The title means “Chaos” and also alludes to the town on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus was supposed to have taught in the synagogue and healed the sick. The parallel between Jesus’s precocity and that of this film’s young hero is certainly ironic.

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