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
R (for some strong violence and language)
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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
Baya Belal
as Maika
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Critic Reviews for Incendies

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (35)

A strong film based on a weak story.

Full Review… | June 21, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
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.

Full Review… | May 26, 2011
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 26, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 19, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 19, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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