Incendies (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 22, 2011
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's messy, overlong, and a touch melodramatic, but those flaws pale before Incendies' impressive acting and devastating emotional impact.

David Jenkins
Time Out

A strong film based on a weak story.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

A deeply resonant literary quality gives what might otherwise seem like a dubious series of coincidences a profound sense of plausibility.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Although "Incendies" shows very little violence, the burden of knowing what's taking place off-screen is just as difficult for the audience to stomach.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's a powerful, disturbing film. May there be a day when such works seem less relevant.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It is no surprise that it was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Rewarding, but ridiculously stingy in handing out simple details -- relationships, geographical settings, etc. -- vital to our grasp of what's going on.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Rage has no expiration date in Incendies, director Denis Villeneuve's gripping, era-jumping drama about a family melded to its war-torn past.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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Sarah Boslaugh

Watching Incendies is a long, hard, and emotionally draining experience but one that richly rewards the time and effort invested.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Whereas many were impressed with this colorful visit to hostile lands journey, I found it manipulative and over dramatic, the 'surprise' ending so… More
Michael S
"Incendies" is a masterpiece; a virtually flawless piece of writing, directing, and acting that comes together in a narrative of no easy answers and a… More
Carlos Magalhães
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… More
Louis Rogers
Although the story can sometimes feel slightly contrived, over-neat and melodramatic (perhaps really lacking still deeper character explorations to justify the… More
Wildaly M
Very compelling film. Worth watching.
Edward Boxler
When films span multiple time periods and have several main characters, you can be sure that everything will come together in the most contrived way, often… More