The Insult

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  112 min.
Release Date:
January 26, 2018 - Toronto
February 2, 2018 - Calgary
February 23, 2018 - Vancouver
DVD: May 1, 2018
Blu-ray: May 1, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 4.83
based on 24 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Diamand Bou Abboud, Rita Hayek


In Beirut, a Lebanese Christian named Tony Hanna (Adel Karam) has a water pipe that spews water onto the street from his balcony when he waters his plants. The water inadvertently splashes onto construction foreman Yasser Salameh (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian Muslim who, with his crew, is making improvements to the of apartment building where Tony lives.

Tony becomes hostile when he's politely asked to fix the pipe to conform with zoning laws, prompting Yasser to get his crew to fix it themselves. In response, Tony smashes the new pipe. Yassar sees this and yells a curse at Tony. When things escalate to violence, the men end up in court, which attracts the attention of the media and pits Christians and Palestinians against each other.

Director: Ziad Doueiri
Studio: The Archive
Producer(s): Jean Bréhat, Julie Gayet, Nadia Turincev, Rachid Bouchareb, Antoun Sehnaoui
Screenplay: Ziad Doueiri, Joelle Touma

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  • 3 stars "Its a bit long, many court scenes, but still worth seeing. It shows the complex reality in Lebanon where everyone has a story."
  • 5 stars "powerful! thought provoking storyline and great performance by cast"
  • 5 stars "Excellent movie. Oscar Nomination well deserved"