A strong film based on a weak story.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's a powerful, disturbing film. May there be a day when such works seem less relevant.
| Original Score: B
Rage has no expiration date in Incendies, director Denis Villeneuve's gripping, era-jumping drama about a family melded to its war-torn past.
| Original Score: A-
A deeply resonant literary quality gives what might otherwise seem like a dubious series of coincidences a profound sense of plausibility.
| Original Score: 3/4
It is no surprise that it was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
| Original Score: 4/4
Villaneuve knows how to stoke a hot debate about the legacy of violence. But in this case, where there's smoke, there's not enough air.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The movie, engrossing as it is intentionally horrifying, is capped by a last-minute revelation that brings the story to a haunting, powerful close.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
If you think of Canadian films as the movie equivalent of cucumber sandwiches and chamomile tea, hold tight.
A mystery, a melodrama, a prison film, and a love story, "Incendies'' is foremost a scream of rage at a society destroyed by religion and by men.
Villeneuve's telling of her story - and of her children's - is painful, searing and something close to brilliant.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Overplays its hand, piling tragedy on tragedy until we feel browbeaten with misery.
| Original Score: 2/4
By the end they've acquired a measure of self-knowledge at a cost dearer than they expected, which reminds us that what we think we know can be just the beginning of an existential journey.
"Incendies" is no mere riff on a Greek mainstay. It is its own entity, delicate and fierce.
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.
Azabal, a Belgian actress, has a feral, mesmerizing power.
The storytelling in Incendies strikes me as primal the way Greek tragedy is primal. Shattering. Cathartic. It is a breathtaking film.
| Original Score: 10/10
Villeneuve has a sober eye and a steady hand.
This is the film that should have won an Oscar in its foreign-language category this year and didn't.
A kind name for this attitude is false moral equivalence, or perhaps post-imperial cringe. A less kind one is Western self-hatred, or an urgent plea to tolerate the intolerant.
Filled with striking images and the ghosts of lives lived in hardship and war, "Incendies" is tough but impactful.
| Original Score: 4/5
Though "Incendies" provides an unflinching account of brutality, it also suggests that to keep such an account can be a transformative act of kindness.
With a quiet restraint and an economy of movement in even the most brutal moments, Azabal makes the sometimes operatic extremes of Nawal's tribulations come to chilling life.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Incendies is a devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.
An agonizingly well-crafted slog through a series of shocking emotional extremes.
| Original Score: B-
Incendies is about as meretriciously overdetermined as art cinema, or any kind of cinema for that matter, gets.
| Original Score: 1/5
A staggering political drama that could put you in mind of the intimate sweep of Bernardo Bertolucci, Incendies feels like a mighty movie in our midst.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nawal's travails are more in the vein of a Latin American soap opera than Greek tragedy.
The movie doesn't quite jell, but you'll feel its sting for hours.
The movie is a bumpy road of twists that leads to a revelation that has the shock and force of Greek tragedy.
Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
Incendies is a significant international step forward for a filmmaker who has already established himself as one of Quebec's most distinctive cinematic stylists.
All involved with Incendies are working at the top of their game, but Azabal stands first amongst equals.
At every film festival, there's at least one movie that slips in under the radar and ends up taking the crowds by surprise.
A sensible switch from stage to screen, but lovers of the original may be disappointed
Incendies remains fundamentally didactic, particularly in its stunning final revelations.