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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Incendies by Denis Villeneuve, 2011 (R)

with Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard, Abdelghafour Elaaziz, Allen Altman, Mohamed Majd, Nabil Sawalha, Baya Belal

When their mother's will implores them to deliver letters to the father they thought was dead and a brother they never knew about, twins Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) journey to the Middle East and attempt to reconstruct their family's hidden history.

The themes of the movie are very strong. I don't know that we can understand it to the extreme that it reaches. The movie takes alternatively place in the past and in the present in Canada and in the middle east. And it unravels slowly, just giving you enough clues at the time to make you anticipate the next scene, with horror, before having the confirmation of it. It is a sad movie, with powerful characters, excellently played. Worthy.


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