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



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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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Lubna Azabal
as Nawal Marwan
Maxime Gaudette
as Simon Marwan
Rémy Girard
as Notary Jean Lebel
Allen Altman
as Notary Maddad
Mohamed Majd
as Chamseddine
Mohammed Majd
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Critic Reviews for Incendies

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It is not really believable, and yet if it is not taken literally, but as a cinematic prose-poem, it has undoubted force.

Jun 23, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A strong film based on a weak story.

Jun 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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It's a powerful, disturbing film. May there be a day when such works seem less relevant.

May 27, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

Rage has no expiration date in Incendies, director Denis Villeneuve's gripping, era-jumping drama about a family melded to its war-torn past.

May 26, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A deeply resonant literary quality gives what might otherwise seem like a dubious series of coincidences a profound sense of plausibility.

May 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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It is no surprise that it was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

May 20, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Incendies

Whereas many were impressed with this colorful visit to hostile lands journey, I found it manipulative and over dramatic, the 'surprise' ending so predictable, given the DRAMA beforehand as to be nearly ridiculous. Did everyone need an unwashed, poor kid to root for this outing? Blah.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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An intense, gripping and absolutely wonderful drama that tells a devastating story about love, hate, secrets and amends, and it does so in a completely unpredictable way, with a powerful performance by Lubna Azabal and an unbelievable, jaw-dropping ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Very compelling film. Worth watching.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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"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
Michael S

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