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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


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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  • 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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