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Incendies (2010)

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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

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Denis Villeneuve

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Denis Villeneuve (scenario), Wajdi Mouawad (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mustafa Kamel Mustafa Kamel ... Barbier de la Milice / Officer Milice Chrétienne
Hussein Sami Hussein Sami ... Nihad (5ans)
Rémy Girard ... Notaire Jean Lebel
Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin ... Jeanne Marwan
Maxim Gaudette ... Simon Marwan
Dominique Briand ... Professor Niv Cohen
Lubna Azabal ... Nawal Marwan
Frédéric Paquet Frédéric Paquet ... Médecin a l'urgence
Hamed Najem Hamed Najem ... Wahab
Ahmad Massad Ahmad Massad ... Bassem Marwan
Bader Alami Bader Alami ... Nicolas Marwan
Majida Hussein Majida Hussein ... Grand-mére de Nawal
Asriah Nijres Asriah Nijres ... Sage-Femme
John Dunn-Hill John Dunn-Hill ... Professeur Saïd Haidar
Nadia Essadiqi Nadia Essadiqi ... Secrétaire Université
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Storyline

A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love. Written by Mylène Chollet

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The search began at the opening of their mother's will.

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

12 January 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Incendies See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,679, 24 April 2011

Gross USA:

$2,071,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,548,768
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Near the beginning of the film, when Simon finds his mother in the hospital hallway, the young boy seen at the beginning of the shot is director Denis Villeneuve's youngest son, Sasha. See more »

Goofs

Scenes set in Lebanon give away their real location by the cars with Jordanian number plates. See more »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
Notary Jean Lebel: [after making a promise] To a notary, Mr. Marwan, a promise is a sacred thing.
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'Mr. Leonard Cohen I need your help, please call me." - Denis Villeneuve See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.14 (2011) See more »

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The First Sign Of Villeneuve's Geniusness
13 February 2019 | by Gresh854See all my reviews

I'm in a chasmic lost for words. Incendies was...goodness gracious. Villenueve. Villenueve, never leave us. Please. Never, ever leave us. You are a god.

Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz, okay, I think I'm sturdy now. Incendies is a rare film that manages to be an invigorating political thriller about violence, war, religion, and hostitily, while simultaneously, be a malevolent, nail-biting mystery-noir thriller. There are so many sequences in this bruting, cloak-and-dagger mischief-maker that will stick out to you like an imperishable parasite. It is crushing.

The only reason why Incendies doesn't earn a 5/5 from me-for now-is because the pacing at first glance wasn't all too keen at times, there's admittedly a plateful of coincidences that materialize, and the character, Simon, was a bit of a nuisance virtually every time he emerged on screen. I'm sure though that after a rewatch in the near future, I'll end up fine-tuning notably more to this deviously harrowing exploit. Nonetheless, j'ai adoré. (Verdict: A-)


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