Incendies

Incendies

DVD - 2011 | French
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A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to 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.

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bdehler
Dec 28, 2019

A movie you can live without... a well made movie but the plot is sick...

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Annieoywong
Mar 20, 2019

This is a mystery and detective film, After reading their mother's last and testament, Jeanne and Simon discovered the past secret of their mother, they had to go to her birth place in Middle East to find their father and their long lost brother.
The movie has an amazing story line, great acting and beautiful scenery.

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lavasushi
May 28, 2018

When you find out the truth, it’s pretty creepy. Well acted. Though you don’t see the violence, it resonates throughout. Raw and brutal. Never having been to the Middle East, the scenery is beautiful. The living conditions are horrible. The treatment of women is atrocious. Not a great travelogue for the area.

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waltery
Feb 24, 2018

3 copies available in Markham Library...the copy I have has no English Subtitles, Only French Subtitles & French Dialogue....Most Foreign Film DVDs have English Subtitles...Not this one!!!!

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akirakato
Jan 23, 2018

Something's wrong with this DVD!
NO images on the black screen!
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jonnybroom
Oct 02, 2017

A movie to engage your empathy and raise your awareness of another part of the world. One doesn't side with Christian or Palestinian sides in this drama; it's a human puzzle, nearly incomprehensible to the Canadian children in the story, but searing as a blow-torch to anyone who views it. And the surprise ending caught me completely off-guard.

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Ilantha
Nov 20, 2016

Amazing movie!!! I highly recommend it. Heartbreaking, with the atrocities and traumas of war, but satisfying and touching none the less. This story has stuck with me since I watched it. BTW the copy I had had zero problems with subtitles.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 05, 2016

2 dics poorly marked IMO, difficult to get the subtitles to kick in - be patient, keeping trying.

I thought this film was impressive & further cements my belief that 'religion' will be the planet's destruction. In the name of 'religion' we love, hate, kill every living thing.

The cover uses words like, powerful, puzzle, thriller mystery, horror of war, twisting - twisted for sure. For me, parts were slow to develop & I'm glad I stayed with it to the end. "One plus one is two."

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iwasthewalrus
Sep 02, 2015

Following the death of their mother, Simon and Jeanne are gathered for the reading of her last will and testament. It’s there they discover some shocking truths about their mother’s past. Her final wish is for her two children to return to her birthplace and find their father and their long lost brother to deliver a mysterious enveloped letter to each. Jeanne feels inclined to carry out her deceased mother’s request, whereas Simon is rendered bitter and reluctant out of grief. Alone, Jeanne begins to investigate her mother’s past as the film shifts back and forth from the present to flashbacks, slowly unravelling the disturbing secrets her mother left unspoken.

Incendies is a harrowing film, filled with powerful scenes that unflinchingly depict the horrors of war and hatred. A certain scene set on a bus feels almost like a sequence from Schindler’s List , except filmed with the restraint Spielberg can’t understand or handle. Denis Villeneuve is a talented filmmaker, and perhaps the most prominent evidence of this is during the aforementioned bus scene. The passengers have just been fired out by a swarm of machine guns, and the few survivors lie on the ground in silence, looking at the bodies that surround them. Everything is communicated non-verbally, but Villeneuve can tell so much using his actors’ wordless shock.

The ending of the film relies on a major twist which is absolutely unpredictable and undeniably surprising. But just as many of the previous scenes do, the twist relies heavily on a very unlikely coincidence and numerous implausibilities. The ending is completely contrived to the point of absurdity, but personally, it took some time for that fact to settle. When it was first revealed, I was taken aback and astounded. But then I considered it and realized just how poorly written it was. This is a reminder of a common flaw in movies; just because a plot twist is unexpected, by no means makes it good. If it can’t be both believable and effective, it’s useless.

At 130 minutes, the film occasionally feels overlong, but has enough brilliant scenes to re-tighten its grip on the viewer whenever it shifts into slight tedium. A curious device Villeneuve uses, which in the very least makes Incendies more interesting, is the Radiohead motif. A couple tracks from the album “Amnesiac” are played throughout. The choice of music seems somewhat strange at first. The film has a highly realistic feel to it, whereas Radiohead has an almost otherworldly tone. But it ends up giving Incendies a visceral feel, something which it lacked during the less intriguing moments.

It’s a film that thrives on marvelous performance, some very striking and memorable images, and Villeneuve’s ability to direct emotional passages. Yet other aspects are unforgivable. The general sense of realism and truth is marred by an ending with all the logic and likelihood of an M. Night Shyamalan twist.

a5a22406 Feb 28, 2015

What an excellent Canadian (Quebec) movie. Filmed in both Montreal and the Kingdom of Jordan, this is a first-class show.
Be sure to watch the Extra Features, as the crew talks to kids and adults who were movie-extras and some of the stories they tell of being refugees from Iraq.

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Jun 17, 2013

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