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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

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (50)

Incendies acquires its heft from some very deep places -- Greek tragedy rather than newsflashes.

June 28, 2011 | Full Review…

Normally I'm against decent original stories being dumbed down and squashed into bog-standard thriller shapes. But Incendies is in dire need of some dumbing down.

June 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It isn't easy to open out a well-respected stage play without losing a lot of its bite and subtlety.

June 24, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

Denis Villeneuve's tormented family drama strips off one layer of meaning after another on its way to a thoroughly jolting terminus.

June 24, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is not really believable, and yet if it is not taken literally, but as a cinematic prose-poem, it has undoubted force.

June 23, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Incendies is in essence a family drama, astonishingly intense but impressively poised.

June 23, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Incendies

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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

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