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  • Actors: Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Remy Girard, Abdelghafour Elaaziz
  • Directors: Denis Villeneuve
  • Producers: Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Trinity Film
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051GALE8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,447 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

When history is a secret, when family is a lie... what price would you pay for the truth?

Twins Jeanne and Simon are left two envelopes in their mothers will, asking them to find a brother they never knew existed, and father they believed to be dead. Journeying from Canada to Lebanon to unravel this mystery, they begin to uncover the terrifying secrets of their mothers tumultuous and brutal past, the twists and turns of their discoveries moving them ever closer to a gut-wrenching and inevitable truth that will define their very existence. Powerful, raw and gripping, this Oscar-nominated and multi award-winning thriller is one of the most ambitious and momentous films of the year.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
`Incendies' translates into English as `scorched' and is a good metaphor for the whole film. This is the story of Narwal Marwan (Lubna Azabal), who has left an unusual last will and testament. Said will is then read to her twin children by her former employer and attorney. In it they are both given a letter each to deliver, the daughter Jeanne, has one for the father and her brother Simon, has one for their brother. The problem is that up until this point they believed their father to be dead and this is the first they had heard of a brother.

Jeanne is more enthused than her sibling and sets off with minimal information to find her Pops. Simon is disgruntled with the whole thing and stays at home sulking - that is probably the Gallic influence. Jeanne goes to an unnamed country that is more than likely the Lebanon, where she starts her search for the past. The real past is told in episodic flashbacks, and we start to see what a harrowing and extraordinary life that Narwal has lived. We are taken on a tour of Daresh and Deressa during the civil war. We see religious intolerance, war atrocities and honour killings. Whilst this is all done very tastefully, it has the feel of being much more gritty than it actually is and that has to be a testament to the brilliant direction of Denis Villeneuve (who also adapted this from the stage play).

This is also beautifully shot and has a powerful soundtrack that features Radiohead. Whilst not a short film with a run time of 130 minutes, this did not feel like a chore at all, in fact it seemed to fly by. There are some that will not be satisfied with the ending, but c'est la vie. In French, with some Arabic and English, all well translated, albeit translitterally, this is a film for anyone interested in World cinema.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 25 July 2011
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I really do not know how to start this review, yet what I will say is that this is a film like no other. Having watched it at a cinema, it is the first film where I have actually seen the audience remain till the very end, even after the credits finished. The ending will probably leave you in shock, contemplation and amazement at what you have just witnessed.

The film centers around three main characters, the twins and the mother, played brilliantly by Lubna Azabal. The twins are summoned to the offices of their mother's Power of Attorney (Lawyer) and are handed over instructions to trace their deceased mothers past life, which in itself is full of sadness, bravery and humiliation. The children soon go onto realize why their mother was the way she was and they in turn will confront their own prejudices and assumptions.

If you are in the mood to watch an intelligent and thought provoking film, then you cannot go wrong with Incendies. It will live with you long after the end credits have disappeared.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By dipesh parmar on 4 Dec. 2011
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Denis Villeneuve's `Incendies' is the story of a mothers death and her children's struggle to cope with their mothers last wishes in her will.

The mother is Nawal Marwan (Lubna Azabal), and her children are Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxime Gaudette). Jeanne and Simon discover that their mother's final wish is that they should deliver sealed letters to a father they believed to be dead and a brother they never knew existed. Nawals wish was that she be buried in unhallowed ground face down from the sun. If the letters are delivered, the mother will then permit herself a headstone and a customary burial.

It is not really a choice at all, and so the initial intrigue soon unfolds into a cryptic family mystery, to say too much would spoil the many revelations in an incredible story. Simon is extremely angry and seeks to defy her mothers wishes, but the lawyer forbids it as it was his mothers wish. Jeanne wants to find her father and brother, she knows that she needs to uncover her mothers past to find the clues needed to find her new family.

Jeanne's journey takes her to the Middle East, intercut with Nawal's story since she was a teenager. What follows is a series of personal disasters for Nawal, and ever-increasing revelations for Jeanne, as she travels throughout the region while her country falls further into a civil war. After slowly finding enough clues to start to patch together her mothers life, Jeanne pleads with Simon to come to her aid. Simon wants nothing more than to take Jeanne back home to Canada, but he realises that he must start his own journey to find his family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maurice W. Smith on 29 Feb. 2012
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I love movies but I find that so many films are dominated by repetetive stories with no substance.

This film is probably one of the most accomplished movies I have ever seen. And I have watched thousands.I am a film producer finalising my first 2 hour feature film.

This film exposes what life is lke in parts of the world we here about on the news but do not experience first hand, but it does not do it to 'teach', it does it to grip you and take you on that journey. You will be shocked, and if you are a genuine human-being with care and empathy in you, I think you may also cry. Few films I've seen, contain what this one does: the power to entertain you with mystery, violence, sexual content - which is not erotic, but a consequence of so many people driven by circumstances and ideas outside of their control.

It all feels real. The whole journey leads to a mystery revealed but this is just the simple layer. The other layers compell you to conside the reality of war, cultural divides, and the innocent victims of all that, who - somehow, rise above it.

I don't wish to tell you snippets of the plot. Simply, if you are real, and you wish to understand a world outside of your western one, take a look and be captivated and moved as you learn what is not obviously being taught. A story like no other. On my list of movies all time? In the top 10.
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