In The insult we see what can happen when two men let their ideological pride color the way they treat each other. Tony Hanna is a Lebanese garage owner. Tony (Adel Karam) is a staunch Christian party follower. His wife, Shirine (Rita Hayek), is pregnant with their first child. One day water from their drain pipe drips on Yasser Salameh (Kamel El Basha), a construction foreman doing some road repairs. Yasser is Palestinian refugee. Both men hate each other. After Yasser insults him, Tony demands an apology. Despite their wives, friends and family telling them that they should be kinder, words are exchanged and matters gets worse when Yasser punches Tony in the stomach. It escalates even more when Shirine is sent to the hospital. Both mother and child are in danger. That’s when Tony decides to sue Yasser. Tony has a team of lawyers, headed by veteran Wajdi Wehbe (Camille Salameh). As for Yasser, he is defended by a young female lawyer (Diamand Bou Abboud). In the courtroom or outside, Tony and Yasse have started a small civil war. For both men there is too much pain in the past, but maybe they could co to an understanding. At court it is discovered that the lawyers are father and daughter. Even though it’s a bit too formated, the film is still well constructed and well acted. Very good.
And the Oscar went to… The insult was Lebanon’s nominee for Foreign language film, but lost to A fantastic woman from Chile.
Plays at Ottawa’s ByTowne Cinema March 16 – 25
The insult (قضية رقم ٢٣)
Kamel El Basha
Diaman Bou Abboud
Rated 14A; Coarse Language Violence. Cinemascope.
In Arabic with English subtitles.