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The Insult is an edge-of-your-seat thriller
about a conflict which arises between Tony Hanna (Adel Karam), a
Christian, and Yasser Salameh (Kamel E Basha), a Palestinian refugee.
individuals start an argument over something relatively small which
easily been resolved with a simple apology. Things go in a much
Directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Ziad Douiri (The Attack),
this is a
strong political film about a major world issue.
Instead of resolving the conflict with an apology
between them, things rapidly spiral out of control between the two men.
court-room battle begins between the two sides over insults thrown. The
for their immense conflict soon becomes clear: it's less about the
was thrown (no matter how harsh) and more about a long unspoken
dividing these two groups of people. The court battle rages on with one
As the film unfolds, the story delves deep into
of the conflict between Lebanese Christians and Palestinians. This film
much on its mind as it explores the deep wounds on both sides. It
and conflict with a clear precision. One of the film's main points is
Ultimately, however, this is a film about finding
ground and about learning how to recognize the other: understanding
matter what happened in the past, both sides (the Lebanese Christians
should be able to recognize in each other their inner humanity and be
see that the pain the other side feels is real.
At its core, The Insult is about
in those who might appear to be different but who actually aren't as
as sometimes feared. This is an important topic given the global
of rising racism and anti-immigrant groups taking foot more across the
upon release in some countries, The Insult demands audiences
involved in this topic of conversation.
From a production standpoint, The Insult
terrific effort. The cinematography by Tommaso Fiorilli (Go Home,
Attack) provides a impressive backdrop to the events of the film.
score by Eric Neveux (The Attack) is surprisingly energetic and
giving the storytelling an often electronic and upbeat musical
The production design by Hussein Baydoun (Dawn
World) is effective and the detail on the sets is superb. Another
is noteworthy is the precision editing by Dominique Marcombe (West
The Attack). The editing gives a
pace that never stalls whatsoever during the story.
Written by Ziad Douiri and Joelle Touma (The
Says), The Insult is an impressive film from a storytelling
perspective. There are countless lengthy monologues and its dialogue
heavy yet the
storytelling energy is consistent. Directed by Ziad Douiri (The
Says), the filmmaking sensibility is superb and engaging. Douiri
excellent style and he brings out the best from the actors. This film
guaranteed to be a thought provoking experience for all who watch it.
Presented on Blu-ray from Cohen Media Group with a
MPEG-4 AVC encoded high definition presentation in the 2.35:1
theatrical aspect ratio. This is an
impressive presentation of the film with strong clarity and contrast.
are also quite pleasant. As per usual for Cohen Media, the encode also
high bit-rate encode which contributes to the high quality of the
The Insult is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD
Master Audio Arabic
with English subtitles. This is a faithful presentation of the original
language audio track. The Insult has an impressive sound presentation
effective surround sound integration during several sequences. From the
roaring sounds of the outdoors to the score music by Eric Neveux, the
has good depth.
The release includes a printed booklet featuring
stills and cast/crew film credits.
Conversations from the Quad with Ziad Doueiri
Pena (HD, 33 min.) is an insightful interview and conversation
filmmaker of The Insult and Richard Pena of Cohen Media Group.
Doueiri explains in great depth his approach to making the film, why he
it, and how it was received around the world. Of interesting note,
the fact Rango (yes, the animated film with the gecko voiced
Depp) was an inspiration . Exploring the serious themes of the film at
well, this is a must-see piece for any viewers.
The Insult is an intense dramatic-thriller
insult which brews a courtroom battle. It's about the ways in which
become divided by blind hate without the ability to see another's point
view. It's a film filled with humanity and pathos for learning to
humanity within others. Ziad Doueiri has directed an important social
commentary which should spark debate and conversation. Cohen Media
Blu-ray release features a quality presentation and good supplements.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.