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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as Nawal Marwan
as Jeanne Marwan
as Simon Marwan
as Notary Jean Lebel
as Abou Tarek
as Notary Maddad
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Critic Reviews for Incendies
Incendies acquires its heft from some very deep places -- Greek tragedy rather than newsflashes.
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.
It isn't easy to open out a well-respected stage play without losing a lot of its bite and subtlety.
Denis Villeneuve's tormented family drama strips off one layer of meaning after another on its way to a thoroughly jolting terminus.
It is not really believable, and yet if it is not taken literally, but as a cinematic prose-poem, it has undoubted force.
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.
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.
Very compelling film. Worth watching.
|Nawal Marwan:||We stand for peace, not for religion.|
|Simon Marwan:||One plus one equals two, right?|
|Jeanne Marwan:||I'm in Mom's village. I wish you were here.|
|Notary Jean Lebel:||To a notary, Mr. Marwan, a promise is a sacred thing.|