The Insult

Out Now On-Demand

Ziad Doueiri’s (The Attack) Oscar-nominated legal drama explores festering historical, political and religious divisions in his native Lebanon.

"When Palestinian Muslim foreman Yasser installs a new drainpipe on Lebanese Christian Tony’s balcony without his permission, Tony’s dislike of Palestinians triggers what appears to be a minor disagreement. But insults are hurled, and the situation soon escalates out of control. What begins with a petty argument leads to a highly publicised trial that captivates a nation, and also gives a range of people an opportunity to settle old scores." (Sydney Film Festival)


Directed by

Drama, Thriller, World Cinema, Festival & Independent


Rating: M Violence, offensive language & content that may disturb

Arabic with English subtitles

France, Cyprus, Belgium, Lebanon, USA

Hollywood Reporter


This gorgeously shot and classily acted feature might be a reel too long but is nonetheless a fascinating piece of work ...

Los Angeles Times


An engrossingly blunt instrument of a movie ...

New York Magazine


As a study of inflammation in the body politic, "The Insult" is engaged and astute.

New York Times


There is something undeniably exhilarating about the film's honest assessment of the never-ending conflict between decency and cruelty that rages in every nation, neighbourhood and heart.

Rolling Stone


Director Ziad Doueiri's Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar nominee from Lebanon is a crackling legal thriller that boils down centuries of Middle Eastern conflict into one reckless insult - and lets the sparks fly.

Variety (USA)


The tinderbox of Lebanese politics and identity sparks into a controlled conflagration in Ziad Doueiri's calculatedly explosive drama "The Insult."



The Insult fairly hurtles along, throwing not just Muslims against Christians, but also husbands against wives and fathers against daughters. Part of the film is a crackerjack courtroom drama. What's dull is the trajectory.