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Denis Villeneuve

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Plot Summary

In the highly-acclaimed suspense thriller Incendies, a mother's dying wish creates a painful puzzle her children are forced to solve. At the reading of their mother's will, twins Jeanne and Simon are given instructions to locate the father they believed was dead and the brother neither knew existed. They travel to the Middle East, to piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world only to make a shocking discovery.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 118
  • Fresh: 109
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A mystery, a melodrama, a prison film, and a love story, "Incendies'' is foremost a scream of rage at a society destroyed by religion and by men. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, May 12, 2011

Fresh: It is no surprise that it was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, May 20, 2011

Fresh: It's a powerful, disturbing film. May there be a day when such works seem less relevant. – Tom Long, Detroit News, May 27, 2011

Fresh: Villeneuve's telling of her story - and of her children's - is painful, searing and something close to brilliant. – Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, May 12, 2011

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Customer Reviews


In short, this is one of the best films I've seen. The story is told in a wonderfully compelling manner that is both emotionally jarring and thought provoking. The plot is like that of a Greek tragedy, yet every revelation, however shocking, unfolds naturally and is true to the theme. The film, even though it deals with some of the darkest aspects of humanity, suggests the possibility of forgiveness and reconciliation. This is a complex film that is far from light entertainment, but it is highly rewarding and leaves one with much to think about.


This movie....amazing.....
Not one of those silly happy ending movies.
I really like it!!!


The strength of this film is that it is excruciatingly real. The setting is almost a character in itself. Some of the director's choices are just brilliant. Amazing choices. The performances are genuinely moving. They allow us to enter fully into the experience of loss as well as great acts of courage. The contrast of the fierce and fragile helps this film to excel as a film of importance. The lesson, for me, is that in the midst of terror and madness, acts of courage and grace survive. A tough and important film.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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