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Insyriated (15)


A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home. This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale.

The critical consensus

Tense and sincere but slightly one-note Syrian war drama from Philippe Van Leeuw.

***(*)(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 04/09/2017

Ignore the awful title, this is a taut drama that puts a human face on Syria’s humanitarian crisis. No cheap thrills or easy answers here, but plenty of gut-churning drama.

***(*)(*)Phil De Semlyen, Empire Online, 05/09/2017

Belgian filmmaker Philippe Van Leeuw creates a palpable dread at the daily horrors confronting those unlucky enough to caught up in a war zone, but the single location and over-reliance on melodrama as the film progresses rob it of the some of the profundity for which it’s clearly striving.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/09/2017

It risks becoming just another generalised film about the pity and squalor of war as experienced on the domestic front.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 07/09/2017

This brutally tough but absorbing film is set in a Damascus apartment in which a family with a tragic secret have barricaded themselves.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/09/2017

A harrowing watch with an intense final scene.

Louise Busfield, Little White Lies, 07/09/2017

An intense, claustrophobic tale of the human costs of an impossible conflict.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 08/09/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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