New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: Capernaum Movie Review: A flawed but essential portrait of childhood poverty

By Andrea Thompson

Capernaum is about two hours of near unrelenting bleakness, but it’s the kind of bleakness that’s also a mostly intelligent indictment of just how we all let it come to this. The opening scene is hard enough, as we see a preteen boy undergoing an examination as officials try to guess his age. Then the boy, Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is led out in handcuffs to a courtroom, where he says he wants to sue his parents for allowing him to be born.

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