Incendies (2010)
November 14, 2022 4:48 PM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] Nawal (Lubna Azabal), a dying Middle Eastern woman living in Montreal, leaves separate letters to her twin children to be read once she passes away. Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) is to deliver hers to the father the twins never knew, and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) is to give his to the brother they never knew they had. The siblings travel to the Middle East separately, where they each experience acts of brutality, uncover a startling family history, and have revelations about themselves.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who co-wrote the screenplay with Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's play of the same name.

91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently available for digital rental in the US on multiple outlets. Justwatch listing.

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posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total)
good film, well worth the time.
posted by elkevelvet at 6:54 AM on November 15, 2022

Extremely good film but I ruined it for myself by figuring out the conceit very early on. I'm so curious what I'd think if I'd experienced it differently — probably just as good, but with a massive heaping of surprise and devastation.
posted by iamkimiam at 10:24 AM on November 15, 2022

I used to go to an independent movie theater that had $7 movies on Monday. I had a string of watching good quality although depressing The Hunt (the Swedish 2012 one). But this one took the cake. Excellent, but so traumatic and devastating.
posted by emd3737 at 10:30 AM on November 15, 2022

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