• Incendies (2011)


Release Date: April 22nd, 2011

DVD Release Date: March 15th, 2011

R |2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard, Allen Altman, Mohamed Majd, Baya Belal, Abdelghafour Elaaziz

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Genres: Drama

Production Co: TS Productions, Phi Group

Keywords: Sister , Small town , Brother , Tense , 1970s , Gripping , Growing up , Father , Transformation , Mother , Mystery , 2000s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Denis Villeneuve's screen adaptation of a play by the Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad tells a story-masterfully-of courage, cruelty, family mysteries and a chain of anger that can only be broken by love. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy. show more

  • 90
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    Although the film runs more than two hours, the story is so compelling and the production so beautifully controlled that we are gripped by the characters' quest right up to the shocking end of the story. show more

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Nominated Foreign Language Film
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)