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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A strong film based on a weak story."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"A deeply resonant literary quality gives what might otherwise seem like a dubious series of coincidences a profound sense of plausibility."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Rewarding, but ridiculously stingy in handing out simple details -- relationships, geographical settings, etc. -- vital to our grasp of what's going on."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"It's a raw and brutal look at the unending strife in the region, but it's also an unforgettable mystery that keeps the audience riveted through one surprising plot turn after another."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Enthralling and very disturbing."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"It's a powerful, disturbing film. May there be a day when such works seem less relevant."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It is no surprise that it was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Watching Incendies is a long, hard, and emotionally draining experience but one that richly rewards the time and effort invested."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
" intense and shattering experience, a nearly great film about promises and kinship and the secret, cruel lives our parents lived before we knew them"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A beautifully filmed and movingly performed drama which explores how personal motives breed political radicalism, Incendies is occasionally - but not fatally - stymied by its clever-clever narrative contrivance."
‑ Sophie Ivan, Film4
"Rage has no expiration date in Incendies, director Denis Villeneuve's gripping, era-jumping drama about a family melded to its war-torn past."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Villaneuve knows how to stoke a hot debate about the legacy of violence. But in this case, where there's smoke, there's not enough air."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Every time the film begins to feel more like a history lesson than a drama, it explodes into action."
‑ Matt Glasby,
"A story of hope amid the ruins -- one that everybody can appreciate, no matter their politics."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Incendies acquires its heft from some very deep places -- Greek tragedy rather than newsflashes."
‑ Roger Clarke, Sight and Sound
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