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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 8.2/10 (14,847 voted)

Critic's Score: 82/100

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Stars: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette

A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

Writers: Denis Villeneuve, Wajdi Mouawad

Mustafa Kamel - Barbier de la Milice / Officer Milice Chrétienne
Hussein Sami - Nihad (5ans)
Rémy Girard - Notaire Jean Lebel
Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin - Jeanne Marwan
Maxim Gaudette - Simon Marwan
Dominique Briand - Prodessor Niv Cohen
Lubna Azabal - Nawal Marwan
Frédéric Paquet - Médecin a l'urgence
Hamed Najem - Wahab
Ahmad Massad - Bassem Marwan
Bader Alami - Nicolas Marwan
Majida Hussein - Grand-mére de Nawal
Asriah Nijres - Sage-Femme
John Dunn-Hill - Professeur Saïd Haidar
Nadia Essadiqi - Secrétaire Université

Taglines: The search began at the opening of their mother's will.


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Release Date: 12 January 2011

Filming Locations: 175 Boulevard Deguire, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Opening Weekend: $CAD177,910 (Canada) (19 September 2010)

Gross: $6,857,096 (USA) (25 September 2011)

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

This film won the Best Feature Film awarded by the jury at the 2011 Adelaide Film Festival. Director Denis Villeneuve responded by saying that "As a poetic sign of gratitude to [the] Adelaide Film Festival, I'll give the name of 'Adelaide' to one of my main characters in my next film. So thank you one thousand times to [the] Adelaide Film Festival!"

[subtitled version]
Notary Jean Lebel: [after making a promise] To a notary, Mr. Marwan, a promise is a sacred thing.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

A bona fide masterpiece. As simple as that. It is ironic that one of the best films about the Middle East conflict, and specifically the tragic civil war in Lebanon, should be made by a Canadian film maker. Incendies is based on a play but it feels as though it has been adapted from a great literary work. In fact there is no specific mention of any country in the film but no one can be in any doubt that the unnamed country is Lebanon.

A Canadain-Lebanese woman dies in Canada and in her will she leaves two letters to her twin son & daughter. One is to be delivered to their brother (whom they did not know existed) and the other to their father (whom they had presumed dead). To find these people they have to travel to Lebanon to unravel the mysterious past of their deceased mother. As we follow their search, flash backs slowly reveal to us key moments in the life of their mother.

There are extremely powerful and unforgettable images and scenes in Incendies. Suffice to say that even if you have no interest in the history of the Middle East, this film will capture your attention from the start and grips you right till the end. It is the third great film (and arguably the best)that I've seen on this topic after Waltz with Bashir and Lebanon. All of these are essential viewing.

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