Movie Review: The Insult, Directed by Ziad Doueiri. 112 minutes
It’s not just about two strangers quarreling over home repairs. OK, that’s how it starts. But this is one of those movies where a little personal incident illustrates universal pain.
We’ve been reading about the turmoil in the Middle East for a long, long time, but what’s it like for the people living in it? That would probably be very hard to explain.
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The wonderful thing about The Insult is that it doesn’t exactly explain it. It just takes you through that other world and lets you feel it.
If you have already chosen sides, or if you think you have chosen sides, you may have to re-evaluate. You may find out there are more than just a few sides. I kind of like to think that the protagonists in this movie, even though they are at war with each other, both represent a side of their own — decency.
Neither of them really wants to become symbols of deep seated anguish and national hostility. The characters really grow on the viewer, no matter what kind of baggage we brought into the theater.
Unless you really can’t stand movies in multiple foreign languages, or if you hate courtroom drams, I think you’d like this one.