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Incendies (2011)



Critic Consensus: 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
as Chamseddine
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Critic Reviews for Incendies

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A strong film based on a weak story.

June 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a powerful, disturbing film. May there be a day when such works seem less relevant.

May 27, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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…

It is no surprise that it was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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

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.

May 20, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Incendies


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

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
Michael S

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