Incendies (2011)



Critic Consensus: It's messy, overlong, and a touch melodramatic, but those flaws pale before Incendies' impressive acting and devastating emotional impact.

Movie Info

Director Denis Villeneuve adapts Wajdi Mouawad's play concerning a pair of twins who make a life-altering discovery following the death of their mother. Upon learning that their absentee father is still very much alive and they also have a brother they have never met, the pair travels to the Middle East on a mission to uncover the truth about their mystery-shrouded past. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: R (for some strong violence and language)
Genre: Drama
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 13, 2011
Box Office: $6.9M
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as Nawal Marwan

as Simon Marwan

as Notary Jean Lebel

as Notary Maddad

as Chamseddine

as Chamseddine
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Critic Reviews for Incendies

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (35)

A strong film based on a weak story.

Full Review… | June 22, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Although "Incendies" shows very little violence, the burden of knowing what's taking place off-screen is just as difficult for the audience to stomach.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

Rewarding, but ridiculously stingy in handing out simple details -- relationships, geographical settings, etc. -- vital to our grasp of what's going on.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
Tribune News Service

Watching Incendies is a long, hard, and emotionally draining experience but one that richly rewards the time and effort invested.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012

Every time the film begins to feel more like a history lesson than a drama, it explodes into action.

Full Review… | August 11, 2011

It's a raw and brutal look at the unending strife in the region, but it's also an unforgettable mystery that keeps the audience riveted through one surprising plot turn after another.

Full Review… | August 4, 2011
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Incendies

Very compelling film. Worth watching.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

"Incendies" is a masterpiece; a virtually flawless piece of writing, directing, and acting that comes together in a narrative of no easy answers and a ending to leave you rattled.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

Although the story can sometimes feel slightly contrived, over-neat and melodramatic (perhaps really lacking still deeper character explorations to justify the extremes of the narrative), this is a powerful, gripping, insightful film with strong cinematography, charged performances and a devastating emotional impact.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

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