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The Insult (2017)

L'insulte (original title)
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After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

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Ziad Doueiri
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adel Karam ... Tony Hanna
Kamel El Basha ... Yasser Abdallah Salameh
Camille Salameh Camille Salameh ... Wajdi Wehbe
Diamand Bou Abboud ... Nadine Wehbe (as Diamand Abou Abboud)
Rita Hayek ... Shirine Hanna
Talal Jurdi Talal Jurdi ... Talal (as Talal El Jurdi)
Christine Choueiri ... Manal Salameh
Julia Kassar Julia Kassar ... Judge Colette Mansour
Rifaat Torbey Rifaat Torbey ... Samir Geagea
Carlos Chahine Carlos Chahine ... Judge Chahine
Walid Abboud Walid Abboud ... Television Host
Georges Daoud Georges Daoud ... Georges Hanna
Elie Njeim Elie Njeim ... Elie
Sami Hamdan Sami Hamdan ... Ibrahim Nassar
Tony Mehanna Tony Mehanna ... The President
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Storyline

In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.

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Words Change Everything.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Cyprus | Belgium | Lebanon | USA

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

25 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El insulto See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,957, 14 January 2018

Gross USA:

$1,001,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,601,603
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The speech that Tony is listening to in his auto shop garage is a speech by Bachir Gemayel on critical of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Bachir Gemayel was senior member of the Lebanese Christian Phalange Party aka El Kataeb Party. He was also the founder of the Lebanese Armed Forces and was elected as the youngest President of Lebanon and was assassinated right before taking office September 14, 1982 when El Kataeb Party HQ was bombed. He was also the son of Pierre Gemayel, the founder of El Kataeb Party and a popular politician until his death in 1984. Bachir was replaced by his brother Amine Gemayel who became President from 1982-1988. See more »

Quotes

Wajdi Wehbe: Wajdi Wehbe: No one has a monopoly on suffering.
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Lebanese Forces Hymn
© & P The Lebanese Forces
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It all began with an insult...
14 September 2017 | by georges-nahasSee all my reviews

The Insult is the definition of a great cinematic achievement. It is the new movie directed by Ziad Doueiri and tells the story of Toni a Christian Lebanese who got into a fight from an insult blown out with a Palestinian plumber. Haunted by their past and the civil war, they went really far with it and the movie took unexpected turns and surprises. Doueiri and Touma wrote a splendid courtroom drama script that is really tense, exciting and really fair for the two sides. It reminded me of the great Sidney Lumet movies with a touch of political background. That film has great characters rich with backup stories and it wouldn't be great without the marvelous cast. Each actors gave an Oscar worthy performance. Thumbs up for Karam, Hayek and Diamand Bou Abboud. I must give credits to Camille Salemeh because he led the show for sure! Doueiri worked hard on letting the actors give their best for the characters. Cinematography and score were also on a high level here! Doueiri is a superb director. His debut West Beirut has always been every Lebanese's favorite. The Insult was competing in Venice (It won best actor for Kamel Basha and had a 5 minutes standing ovation), Telluride, TIFF and it the official submission for Lebanon at the Oscars for best foreign language movie. Daring, bold and smart, this movie is big step forward for the Lebanese cinema.


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