The Insult

Synopsis: In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Ziad Doueiri
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 12 nominations.
112 min

If they ask you

who's your President,

tell them our President

is Bachir Gemayel.

May the Lord be with you.

The Christian Party...

The Christian Party...

is like the Bible.

You know, in the Bible,

there's the Old Testament,

and the New Testament.

In the past, we used to say,

only the Christian Party

protects Beirut.

Today, what do we say?

The Christian Party supports the State!

You should have seen him today,

he was shining bright.

I see him every day, thank God.

I'd like to take the photo down.


I feel like

I'm under 24-hour surveillance, Tony.

What if he moved in with us?

Great. Why not?

It gets very hot, 9 months a year.

Do you want the AC on?

I'd like to move out.

We're going to name you Streeda.

I want a bigger, quieter place

for the baby.

Shirine, we already talked about this.

We're saving to buy this place.

I work here.


let's move to Damour.

You have a family house there.

Many people have returned.

They're rebuilding.

The church is restored and blessed...

I'm fine here!

Shirine, come have a cup of coffee.

NeXt time. Thank you.

I need a rear shaft for a BMW 325.

How much?


I'll send you Eli.


it's missing the stamp.

How shall I file this?

I looked everywhere.

Only found it in the suburbs.

Total pain in the ass.

Checkpoints everywhere.

Your transmission is worn out.

The clutch is slipping.

I just had them replaced.

They can't even get the name right.

The S is missing.

It's totally worn out.

Used German is better

than brand new Chinese.

I want those guys to finish the job,

not sluff off.

Get rid of this cable.

Have them move faster.

Why is it like this?

I want him on the 4th floor.

I talked to the neighbors.

- Yasser.

- Go ahead.

The cement truck is here.

Park it on the street

and pour the concrete 8 cm thick.

A car is blocking the street.

Boss! Do you copy?

There's a problem with your gutter.

We need to look at it.

What kind of problem?

People are getting sprayed.

Use the other side of the street.

What's going on?

F***ing prick!

Mr. Tony,

from what I understand,

your drainpipe was sticking out,

he was trying to fiX it,

but you broke it.

That's my balcony, my house.

City Hall asked us

to fix all building violations.

Your drainpipe is illegal.

He's only doing his job.

That's no reason to insult me.

Of course not.

He thinks he's a hotshot.

He's not!

I'm warning you,

he'd better apologize,

or I'll sue him and your company.

No need for that, Mr. Tony.

Let me take care of this.

I'll get your drain fiXed.

No one fiXes anything.

We're in their neighborhood.

We can't talk to them like that.

We have to put up with them.

He wants you to apologize.

He's waiting.

Do it, then fix his drainpipe.


When will you finish?

In two months.

That's why I hired Yasser.

He gets the job done.

He has a tough job.

He's a bit moody.

He gets carried away,

but he's harmless.

You know, life has become difficult.

People are angry.

That's why we should put things

in perspective.

Tell Mr. Tony that Yasser is sorry.

And he presents his apologies.

Thank you. You shouldn't have.

It's nothing.

I hope he likes chocolate.

A boy or a girl?


When is she due?

End of summer.

September 28.

Perfect. The weather will be cooler.

- How much steel for this wall?

- Half a ton.


It's 3 meters thick.

Come in.

Mr. Tony, please wait.

- I thought we'd solved this.

- No, we didn't.

You spoke to my wife.

Did you expect she'd finesse me?

I looked for you.

The chocolate wasn't his idea.

It came from all of us.

So what?

Don't try to walk all over us!

What do you mean?

I asked for an apology!

He should have done it!

Mr. Tony, some people find it

difficult to apologize.

It doesn't mean

they don't recognize their errors.

Because of their corrupt leadership,

the Palestinians have become

despised everywhere.

Let them find another land

to live in,

other than Lebanon.

Let them establish their own state,

let them rule themselves,

let them scatter in the Arab world.

They may unite with Jordan,

they may run to Iran,

as long as

they don't stay here.

How's work?

Great. Norway donated a generator

for the school.

In Norway, if you choose to live

1,000 miles away,

the State provides you

power, water, internet, gas.

We're a long way from Norway.

It's getting complicated.

He's not willing to let go.

If he files a complaint,

I'll have to report it.

I don't want to,

and you know why.

What complaint?

What happened?

A misunderstanding with a tenant.

Nothing serious.

If the cops intervene,

it'll be a problem.

I want to resolve this.

What's going on?

It's about a gutter.

Your husband goes to fix it,

the tenant breaks it.

He gets water on your husband,

who calls him a f***ing prick.

The tenant wants an apology.

Which came first:

the gutter or the prick?

That's not the issue right now.

My husband is fair.

Your husband got carried away.

I want to resolve this thing.

I want you to apologize.

You hear me?

Listen, Yasser,

we're asked to rebuild

the refugee camp up north.

It's two years of work.

Let's not screw this up

over a few stupid words.

Because that's what they are,

just stupid words.

Tomorrow morning. We go together.

Tomorrow is Sunday.

He's open on Sunday.

He's going out on a limb for you.

What shall I do, bend over?

Show some appreciation.

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Ziad Doueiri

Ziad Doueiri (Arabic: زياد دويري‎; born 1963) is a Lebanese-born cinematographer, film director and writer. He is best known for his award-winning films West Beirut (1998) and The Insult (2017), a film nominated at the 90th Academy Awards representing Lebanon. more…

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