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.