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Incendies 2011 / Gorgeous and heartbreaking, from the first scene

Fabian K.

A movie which will catch you from the first second, with one of the best movie beginnings of all time, up until its outstanding end. It is a slow-burning and calm film with nonetheless a very powerful impact. Incendies is guaranteed to be one of those movies you will never forget. The story is about Jeanne and Simon who, to fulfill their mother’s last wishes, must journey to her birthplace in an unnamed Middle-Eastern country. There they discover her tragic and sad past life, and unveil a deeply disturbing secret which will change their lives forever. The movie contains a series of flashbacks telling the story of the mother, Nawal Marwan, while the rest is from the viewpoint of her children.


    This is the best Movie I think I have ever watched and I am writing this 3 months after I saw it. This is genius. 9 people liked this review.


    Jesus Christ, this movie. Just shut up, sit there, and watch this movie. Then ponder about what you have just seen. 5/5 20 people liked this review.


    it's just hard not to get mind blown by the end of it. Absolute must-watch. 2 people liked this review.


    A sublime movie whose beauty is both omnipresent and heartbreaking. It's about time, sorrow, intergenerational development... Just a masterpiece. 2 people liked this review.

    Pat Mockler

    Fabulous. Riveting. Introspective. A film that points out that we never really know our parents. That people can live many lifetimes. That humans can be strong beyond strength. 10 people liked this review.


    Wow. Just. Wow. There are very few nits to pick with this film. It is carefully paced with very good cinematography and just enough detail to force viewers to interact with the story in meaningful manners. And the last twenty minutes? Interesting. Very interesting. 1 person liked this review.

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