Incendies

Incendies

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Incendies

French-Canadian drama, adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play and nominated for Best Foreign Langauge Film at the 2011 Academy Awards.

After the death of their mother (Lubna Azabal), Jeanne and Simon (Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) receive a pair of envelopes in the will – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn’t know existed.

Jeanne decides to go to the Middle East to dig into her mysterious family history. Simon is unmoved by their mother’s posthumous mind games but joins his sister in combing their ancestral homeland. The twins discover a tragic fate and a very different person from the mother they knew.

Best Canadian Feature at Toronto Film Festival 2010.
2010Rating: R16, contains violence and content that may disturb130 minsCanadaFrench and Arabic with English subtitles
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Unforgettable

This is one of those films that you will not forget. An inspirational story of love, hope, struggle, dignity, persistence, triumph and forgiveness. We could all learn something from this film.

4.0
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A different life revealed.

I loved this movie, even with its heart-wrenching twists, and kick in the guts outcome. Hard to believe anyone was acting, it was so realistic. And such an emotionally raw journey, a web of intrigue and secrecy finally untangled, in a powerful and engrossing way, dealing exceptionally well with the human drive to survive, against the most devastating...

4.0
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Extraordinary!

Breathtaking. A masterfully told tragedy, thrilling, heartbreaking, terrifying. An engrossing movie that unfolds with a fierce intensity, but is so delicately acted that you are left shattered. Essential viewing

5.0
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Great Movie!

Beautiful and powerful movie highly recommended

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WOW!

One of the most remarkable movies I've ever seen, left the cinema stunned it's very powerful.

5.0
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Like Like Like

This movie just blew me away. Just left us speechless. The acting was great especially Lubna Azabals' acting. It really touched me. A must see movie for sure.

5.0
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Powerful

This movie blew my wife and I away. We were very quiet afterwards. Then when I did speak it was just "wow". I agree this was Oscar worthy. Powerful storyline, great story telling, interesting scenery. the acting was top notch, you really believed each character (though I thought the brother was at times a little wooden). This movie will work...

5.0
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amazing, must-see

Great story, fantastic directing and acting! deserved to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film

5.0
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What a TWIST!

wow, that was an utterly gut wrenching movie which draws you in with it's mysterious narrative before stringing you up and leaving you to wilt in a hot middle eastern sun as the climax reaches boiling point. The opening shot of a young boy standing in a crumbling sandstone shelter having his head shaved to the soundtrack of Radiohead's "You And Who's...

4.0
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Compelling viewing

From the opening scene the film grabs you and does not let go until the very end. The acting is absolutely impeccable, so is the directing . Ultimately the film is about a search for identity, about forgiveness and unconditional love ... themes that are so universal, every viewer should be touched by this amazing movie. It's out there with the likes of...

5.0
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Variety

Variety

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Incendies vaults Denis Villeneuve to the status of serious director.

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Total Film

Total Film

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Expertly shifting between present and past , writer-director Denis Villeneuve displays an impressive command of his material, patiently building up to an emotionally explosive climax.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Mr. Villeneuve tells Nawal's story in a way that is both subtle and emphatic, and Ms. Azabal, portraying Nawal from hopeful youth to despairing middle age, gives a performance that is all the more powerful for the restrained, unshakeable sense of dignity she brings to it.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Most people do not choose their religions but have them forced upon themselves by birth, and the lesson of Incendies is that an accident of birth is not a reason for hatred.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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It's not without emotional punch, especially in its final reels, but it's undercut by the melodramatic contrivances which get us there.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The past is where all the intrigue of the movie lies, and that is where the film is at its most compelling, with the present sometimes wilting in the desert heat.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Although the film runs more than two hours, the story is so compelling and the production so beautifully controlled that we are gripped by the characters' quest right up to the shocking end of the story.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A thriller that twists and turns with an understated power that will have you gripping the arm of your seat. Terrific stuff.

4.0
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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

While the film will likely stick with viewers, it's ultimately a tossup what they'll remember most: the stunning buildup, or the massive letdown.

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Variety

Variety

press

Incendies vaults Denis Villeneuve to the status of serious director.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Expertly shifting between present and past , writer-director Denis Villeneuve displays an impressive command of his material, patiently building up to an emotionally explosive climax.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Villeneuve tells Nawal's story in a way that is both subtle and emphatic, and Ms. Azabal, portraying Nawal from hopeful youth to despairing middle age, gives a performance that is all the more powerful for the restrained, unshakeable sense of dignity she brings to it.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Most people do not choose their religions but have them forced upon themselves by birth, and the lesson of Incendies is that an accident of birth is not a reason for hatred.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's not without emotional punch, especially in its final reels, but it's undercut by the melodramatic contrivances which get us there.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The past is where all the intrigue of the movie lies, and that is where the film is at its most compelling, with the present sometimes wilting in the desert heat.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Although the film runs more than two hours, the story is so compelling and the production so beautifully controlled that we are gripped by the characters' quest right up to the shocking end of the story.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A thriller that twists and turns with an understated power that will have you gripping the arm of your seat. Terrific stuff.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

While the film will likely stick with viewers, it's ultimately a tossup what they'll remember most: the stunning buildup, or the massive letdown.

0

Unforgettable

This is one of those films that you will not forget. An inspirational story of love, hope, struggle, dignity, persistence, triumph and forgiveness. We could all learn something from this film.

4.0
0

A different life revealed.

I loved this movie, even with its heart-wrenching twists, and kick in the guts outcome. Hard to believe anyone was acting, it was so realistic. And such an emotionally raw journey, a web of intrigue and secrecy finally untangled, in a powerful and engrossing way, dealing exceptionally well with the human drive to survive, against the most devastating...

4.0
0

Extraordinary!

Breathtaking. A masterfully told tragedy, thrilling, heartbreaking, terrifying. An engrossing movie that unfolds with a fierce intensity, but is so delicately acted that you are left shattered. Essential viewing

5.0
0

Great Movie!

Beautiful and powerful movie highly recommended

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WOW!

One of the most remarkable movies I've ever seen, left the cinema stunned it's very powerful.

5.0
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Like Like Like

This movie just blew me away. Just left us speechless. The acting was great especially Lubna Azabals' acting. It really touched me. A must see movie for sure.

5.0
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Powerful

This movie blew my wife and I away. We were very quiet afterwards. Then when I did speak it was just "wow". I agree this was Oscar worthy. Powerful storyline, great story telling, interesting scenery. the acting was top notch, you really believed each character (though I thought the brother was at times a little wooden). This movie will work...

5.0
0

amazing, must-see

Great story, fantastic directing and acting! deserved to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film

5.0
0

What a TWIST!

wow, that was an utterly gut wrenching movie which draws you in with it's mysterious narrative before stringing you up and leaving you to wilt in a hot middle eastern sun as the climax reaches boiling point. The opening shot of a young boy standing in a crumbling sandstone shelter having his head shaved to the soundtrack of Radiohead's "You And Who's...

4.0
0

Compelling viewing

From the opening scene the film grabs you and does not let go until the very end. The acting is absolutely impeccable, so is the directing . Ultimately the film is about a search for identity, about forgiveness and unconditional love ... themes that are so universal, every viewer should be touched by this amazing movie. It's out there with the likes of...

5.0
0