A sentimental and often difficult watch, 'Mommy' gave me pause to admire the roles and responsibilities of a parent in the face of challenges that would drive many to madness and violence, including possibly myself. Its depiction of mental issues are also relatively unglamorized, as far as I can tell, to the point that there are few redeeming or uplifting outcomes as a result.
'Incendies' sometimes thinks it's smarter than what it is, but other than the way that the story is structured sometimes, the movie boasts compelling performances and intriguing, sometimes uncomfortable scenarios.
The first act is quite mundane and relatively boring, in a way that I haven't seen from a film in a while. What follows though, is a steady escalation of events that ultimately pay off. Many points of view and contrasting opinions are represented in the movie, but they' are done so in a way that feels balanced and ultimately satisfying.