Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s emotional and politically charged drama tells the story of Zain (Zain al Raffea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. At the age of 12, Zain is already a hardened adult, fleeing his negligent parents and surviving through his wits on the streets. Labaki immerses us in a milieu of poverty her non-professional cast members know all too well. Zain is a charismatic screen presence, and some unforgettable moments involve him caring for the baby of an Ethiopian refugee woman he befriends. His story is heartbreaking, yet hopeful in its tenderness. In Arabic with English subtitles. Director: Nadine Labaki. (Lebanon 2018) 120 min.
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