Sunday, September 25, 2011

Incendies (2010)

Director: Denis Villeneuve. Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette. 130 min. Rated R. Canada/France. Drama/War.

Last year's nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, is a surprise gem of a movie. A supposedly Lebanese mother's dying request from her reluctant twin son and daughter in Canada, is to find both their long-lost brother and father. This sends them on a journey into the past, told in flash-backs and flash-forwards, leading to shocking revelation after shocking revelation (with negligible coincidences). The violence pictured is on-par with any civil war movie, but the brutality implied would even make Tarantino shudder. Is this a general statement against war, or an effort to put any religious/sectarian violence to shame?

Opening subtitle:

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." - Confucius

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  1. A great story, beautiful scenes and
    Spoiler Alert!
    what ever you need to know about traditional, prejudiced and dogmatic nations and thought.
    you need to sense it or else won't get it!

  2. Such a sad statement. 1 + 1 = 1. I can still remember how that simple equation sent shivers down my spine.