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Empire | 'Insyriated' Review

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Its title makes it sound more like an excruciating muscle spasm, but Insyriated is a wartime drama that offers a different kind of pain. Gruelling and occasionally overwrought, though largely gripping, Belgian filmmaker Philippe Van Leeuw’s Syrian drama explores the impact of war on the domestic space. In its 80-odd minutes, it visits enough horrors on its small band of Damascus residents to make that brief runtime feel less like economic storytelling than an act of mercy. Social-realism with bullets, the result could be dubbed ‘Syria, Year Zero’.

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