Capernaum – Review

Posted: February 19, 2020 in -

J. Giambrone


This film was difficult to get into, as the boy Zain is such an unlikable little shit. Compounding that is a world of bleak poverty. Struggling to survive is tough to watch on screen. Alfred Hitchcock once said he’d never make a “kitchen sink movie” where domestic chores are too close to home for the audience. The idea was to take them away into intrigue and suspense. In Capernaum they went the other direction and there isn’t even a kitchen sink for half the picture. It’s that dire.

I literally put it aside for a month and gave up on movies for a while. Then I returned, and perhaps he’s not such a little shit after all.


Zain’s sister is reaching puberty, and he fears they’ll sell her off to some strange man, as that’s the standard among refugee children. This unfolding struggle drives Zain to madness, trying to protect…

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