Incendies

2010, Drama, 2h 10m

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

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Nawal (Lubna Azabal), a dying Middle Eastern woman living in Montreal, leaves separate letters to her twin children to be read once she passes away. Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) is to deliver hers to the father the twins never knew, and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) is to give his to the brother they never knew they had. The siblings travel to the Middle East separately, where they each experience acts of brutality, uncover a startling family history, and have revelations about themselves.

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  • Oct 03, 2017
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2016
    It's a bit too long and a bit melodramatic, but this is still the work of a director that leaves you wanting more.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2014
    This is a neo-noir thriller that seems contemporary because most of it takes place in a Middle East country, like Lebanon. It's about a pair of twins who set out to find their absent father and also a brother after the death of their mother. It's all a bit melodramatic, but masterfully woven together, and you won't find out the disturbing conclusion from me. Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2013
    Very compelling film. Worth watching.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer

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