Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  120 min.
Release Date:
January 11, 2019 - Toronto
January 18, 2019 - Vancouver
February 1, 2019 - Montréal
February 8, 2019 - Ottawa
DVD: March 26, 2019
Blu-ray: March 26, 2019
Digital: March 26, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
based on 32 votes and 11 reviews
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Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shifera, Treasure Bankole


A politically-charged story featuring mostly non-professional actors, about a child in Beirut who launches a lawsuit against his parents.

Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is a little boy who doesn't know his age (his parents haven't kept track and don't have a birth certificate). He lives in chaos and squalor in the slums of Lebanon with his parents and a large number of siblings. His older brother is in jail, and the family provides him with illegal prescription drugs to sell to the other inmates.

When Zain's best friend, his young sister Sahar (Cedra Izam), is sold to their landlord who wants her to marry his son, Zain runs away.

Life isn't any easier outside of his parents' apartment, and Zain eventually winds up in prison for stabbing someone. While there, he launches a lawsuit against his parents because he wants them to stop having children and neglecting them, leaving them to fend for themselves.

Director: Nadine Labaki
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Michel Merkt, Khaled Mouzanar
Screenplay: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany
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  • 5 stars "This is a most impressive and revealing movie of life in Lebanon.. This kid (actor) deserves an Academy Award.. Just a FABULOUS movie.. Plot, scenery, and emotion.. True Grit.. The magic of film and storytelling is all right here. !!"
  • 5 stars "Better than any other Oscar movie I have seen!"
  • 5 stars "A must see! wow you leave the theatre speechless You won't waste your money for sure"