Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  120 min.
In theatres:
January 11, 2019 - Toronto
January 18, 2019 - Vancouver
February 1, 2019 - Montréal
February 8, 2019 - Ottawa

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
based on 20 votes and 6 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 "Absolutely amazing movie, it's heartbreaking. it's humanity scratching. It will leave you speachless as you leave the theater, needing some time to process the human suffering, living in poverty and young girls marriage among other real life issues. The cast were so real and the boy is phenomenal. The fact that Nadine didn't pick known names for the cast, reflects the depth of her story and not to be sidetrapped by the big names. Zein is a true Star."
  • 5 stars "It’s amazing, engrossing, and heartbreaking. It’s unlike most anything I’ve seen. A brilliant moving film!"
  • 5 stars "moving! This is an amazing work of art!"