Monsters exist because they are part of the divine plan, and in the horrible features of those same monsters the power of the creator is revealed.
Capharnaüm has the power to shake the audience. Nadine Labaki, the film director, shot the movie in a documentary-like fashion, making the viewers to believe that her “actors” aren’t playing characters at all but going about their business as if a camera wasn’t present. That’s no easy feat, and even if the film trips on its ambition at times, it’s still a tremendous achievement for a filmmaker who has a keen eye for detail. The film focuses on a young child who decides to sue his parents for bringing him into this world.
Labaki uses flashbacks to explore the dark side of the child’s environment: the miserable conditions in which he was forced to live in, his relationship with his parents, and his everyday life in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Lebanon. All this can make the public squirm in discomfort at times, mainly because it feels real. The characters are real people with real problems, and it’s so easy to relate to their feelings and their actions at every turn of this gripping drama. There are no real “villains” in the film, just victims of terrible conditions. And just like real life, what happens is almost impossible to predict.
Watch the trailer: Capharnaüm