Critic Consensus: It's messy, overlong, and a touch melodramatic, but those flaws pale before Incendies' impressive acting and devastating emotional impact.
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
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as Nawal Marwan
as Jeanne Marwan
as Simon Marwan
as Notary Jean Lebel
as Abou Tarek
as Notary Maddad
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Critic Reviews for Incendies
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.
Rewarding, but ridiculously stingy in handing out simple details -- relationships, geographical settings, etc. -- vital to our grasp of what's going on.
Watching Incendies is a long, hard, and emotionally draining experience but one that richly rewards the time and effort invested.
Every time the film begins to feel more like a history lesson than a drama, it explodes into action.
Audience Reviews for Incendies
Very compelling film. Worth watching.
"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.
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.
|Nawal Marwan:||We stand for peace, not for religion.|
|Simon Marwan:||One plus one equals two, right?|
|Jeanne Marwan:||I'm in Mom's village. I wish you were here.|
|Notary Jean Lebel:||To a notary, Mr. Marwan, a promise is a sacred thing.|
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