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2011: A Year in Review Part I

30 December 2011 7:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2011 was one of the best years for film in recent years.  There are about 25 films that could have made my top ten list and each film in my top 5 could be my number one.  I saw about 100 films this year and I still wish I could have seen more.  I feel very comfortable with my top ten and I feel like it was a good representative of the year in film.  However I do feel that people looking at this article should go over to Sound On Sight and see all the staff’s individual lists, as well as the honorable mentions that just missed my list.  You will find a great collection of films on those lists.

1. Martha Marcy May Marlene

Directed by Sean Durkin

I saw Sean Durkin’s directorial debut in August and knew as soon as the last frame came up that this was the best picture of the year. »

- Josh Youngerman

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Blu-Ray Review: Searing Drama of Intense, Dark ‘Incendies’

5 October 2011 7:49 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Damn, last year’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film were a dark, dark bunch. I thought “Biutiful,” “Dogtooth” and “In a Better World” had their brutal edges but I hadn’t yet seen the incredibly intense “Incendies,” a historical drama wrapped in a very personal story. The film is a bit more flawed than some of the critical praise had led me to believe but it’s definitely worth a look, especially for renters looking for international drama.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

This highly-acclaimed suspense thriller is essentially the tale of two children discovering incredible secrets about their mother’s past and the true identity of their father. On her death, a woman leaves a letter for her twin children that instructs them to find the father that they believed was dead and the brother that they never knew existed. The male half of this fraternal twin pair ignores »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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New this Week: ‘Drive,’ ‘Straw Dogs’ and ‘Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Bd)’

14 September 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

DriveRyan GoslingCarey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston

I Don’t Know How She Does It - Sarah Jessica ParkerPierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer

Straw DogsJames MarsdenKate BosworthAlexander Skarsgård

Movie of the Week

Straw Dogs

The Stars: James MarsdenKate BosworthAlexander Skarsgård

The Plot: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner (Marsden) relocates with his wife (Bosworth) to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

The Buzz: No, this is not really Movie of the Week material, but hey, look at the competition. On one hand, you’ve got Ryan Gosling racing around in cars, <<yawn>> and on the other hand you’ve got the washed up Sarah Jessica Parker slapping a title on what all of her non-fans have been thinking for years — I’m not quite »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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'Incendies' On DVD In France Sept. 21

1 September 2011 12:12 PM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Denis Villeneuve Incendies, which was Canada's official entry during the latest Oscar ceremony, will come out on DVD in France on September 21.

Despite a limited theatrical release in France last March, Incendies has attracted 281,000 viewers.

The film is about a mother's (Lubna Azabal) last wish which sends Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette), two twins living in Canada, on a journey to the Middle East. According to her will, Jeanne and Simon must each carry out her final wish, which is to bring an envelope to their father, who got stuck in Lebanon during the Civil War, and also a brother, they've never heard of.

The film is already available on DVD in Canada.

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- noreply@blogger.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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New Release: Incendies Blu-ray/DVD

18 July 2011 12:55 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin faces the fire in Incendies.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Incendies, a 2011 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on Sept. 13 for a list price of $45.99.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Maelstrom) and adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s hit play, Incendies follows twin siblings (Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) who uncover a shocking family secret after they agree to fulfill their mother’s (Lubna Azabal) dying wish: to locate the father they thought was dead, as well as a brother they never knew existed.

The much-lauded Incendies enjoyed a limited release in theaters in the U.S., following a roll-out to film festivals and theatrical engagements across the world. It has grossed approximately $6 million at the domestic box office as of this writing.

The Blu-ray and DVD of the movie, which is presented in French and Arabic with English subtitles, contains the »

- Laurence

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Notebook Reviews: Denis Villeneuve’s “Polytechnique” and John Carpenter’s “The Ward”

15 July 2011 7:56 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Framed in a close shot, college students go about their business around a Xerox machine when a spray of bullets suddenly rips into the image. Polytechnique, Denis Villeneuve's 2009 fictionalized account of the 1989 shooting that took place at Montreal's École Polytechnique, is about the invasion of such quotidian spaces and the effects, physical and immediate as well as spiritual and lingering, it has on the people occupying them. At first, the narrative seems to be controlled by the young shooter (Maxim Gaudette), who in placidly bilious voiceover pins his barbaric actions on feminists and scans classrooms for victims, a rifle in his hands and eyes pin-pricked with loathing and anticipation. As the rampage starts, the focus is split between two survivors (Karine Vanasse and Sébastien Huberdeau), the agonizing heroism of their actions during the bloodbath and the traumas growing within them afterwards. A professional commiserator who operates exclusively via cinematic stomach punches, »

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Incendies — review

25 June 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From its arresting opening to its shattering conclusion, the Canadian film Incendies is muscular, emotional film-making of the highest order, self-confident in its delivery yet always respectful of its characters' plight. It starts in slo-mo, to the sound of Radiohead, in what looks like a children's Qu'ran school, in a desert, where we see boys having their heads shaved by soldiers. One of the boys fixes the camera with a chilling stare as hair falls around his feet.

The film then switches to a law firm in Montreal, where a mother's will is being read to her grief-stricken twins, daughter Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and son Simon (Maxim Gaudette). The lawyer Maître Lebel is played by the great Quebecois actor Rémy Girard, from another Canadian family saga, Denys Arcand's Les Invasions Barbares. This, too, is a tale of family, identity and, perhaps, forgiveness as the will sets Jeanne, a student of pure maths, »

- Jason Solomons

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This week's new films

24 June 2011 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bridesmaids (15)

(Paul Feig, 2011, Us) Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, 125 mins.

Having recovered from the shocking revelation that women can be funny, rude, and entertaining in the absence of men, we can at last put the debates and Hangover comparisons this movie has prompted behind us now and just enjoy a satisfying prenuptial comedy. Led by Wiig's anxious maid of honour, it certainly matches male equivalents in the grossness stakes at times, but it also finds deeper, smarter ways to make us laugh.

Incendies (15)

(Denis Villeneuve, 2010, Can/Fra) Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette. 131 mins.

A mother's death sets her two children on an investigation into their personal and political history in this powerful mystery, set in an unnamed Middle Eastern country.

Countdown To Zero (Nc)

(Lucy Walker, 2010, Us) 89 mins.

Not got enough things to worry about? That's because you forgot about the threat of nuclear annihilation that still hangs over us. »

- Steve Rose

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Incendies Movie Review

9 June 2011 4:20 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Incendies Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Lubna Azabal, Remy Girad From a technical standpoint, ‘Incendies’ is a rock-solid piece of production. With a timely score and eye-catching cinematography, the 130 minute drama provides a decent landscape for this tale to unfold on. As it continues to open up, one realizes there’s a flawed script attached. And yes, I state that realizing this was nominated for an Oscar (Best Foreign Language Film) this past year. It could have been a gripping story if it wasn’t for the uneven pacing of the screenplay; leading this movie to feel more like a long line at a theme park. Once »

- joe

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Radio-Canada Renews 'Les rescapés' for a 2nd Season

1 June 2011 5:32 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Radio-Canada, a French Canadian TV network, has renewed the drama Les rescapés for a second season.

However, the TV network didn't officially confirm it. We only learned it through a list of show which will receive funding from the Fonds Quebecor, a private patronage program for TV production.

This show created by Frédéric Ouellet (Grande ourse) follows a family from Montreal in 1964. Gérald Boivin (Roy Dupuis), a detective of the Montreal Police, and his family have been mysteriously transported in the Montreal of 2010. While being in a-not-so distant future, the Boivins will question their values and beliefs. Besides, whether they like it or not, the family has to build closer ties. However, in order to go back to where they came from, the Boivins must find the man who sent them in the future.

The show also stars Guylaine Tremblay, Maxim Gaudette, Céline Bonnier, Pierre-Alexandre Fortin, Eve Lemieux, Antoine L'Écuyer, »

- anhkhoido@gmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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‘Incendies’ is a masterpiece

28 May 2011 1:02 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Incendies

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Written by Denis Villeneuve and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne

Canada/France, 2010, 130 mins.

Spoilers are contained herein.

Incendies is the first unqualified masterpiece of 2011 and the film that should have won the Best Foreign Language Film Award at this year’s Academy Awards. Denis Villeneuve’s film is a perfect adaptation of the wonderful Canadian play by Wajdi Mouawad, a plat that might be the best family drama of the past decade.  Villeneuve and his co-writer Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne strip away an hour out of the play’s running time while still staying faithful to the play’s structure.  What makes the film really work is that it is an intimate family drama set on a global scale that plays out as an engaging and tense thriller.  This is the film that Susanne Bier’s film In a Better World tried so hard and failed to be.

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- Josh Youngerman

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Film Review: Horrors of War Create Mystery in ‘Incendies’

29 April 2011 9:54 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the most honest aphorisms is “the first casualty of war is truth.” Those obscured facts are often the ones that come back to haunt future generations, and that is exceptionally illustrated in the new film “Incendies.” Piecing together a mother’s wartime activities become the basis for solving a mystery after her death.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The mystery yields a number of shocking revelations, but none more shocking than framing a reserved Jordanian immigrant, leading a normal life in Canada, as a soldier in a wartime frenzy that results in her being a political prisoner of war. Incendies allows for the events of the past to unfold through her twin children, destined to complete her journey and allow her to rest in peace.

The film begins with the reading of a will. Twin siblings Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) get odd instructions rather that the normal recitation of estate. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Incendies

22 April 2011 1:39 PM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Director: Denis Villenueve Writers: Denis Villenueve, Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne, Wajdi Mouawad Cinematographer: André Turpin Starring: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard Studio/Running Time: Sony Pictures Classics, 130 min. One of the questions at the heart of Incendies is whether the search is as important as what’s found at the end. The taut drama follows a pair of twins trying to fulfill a request from their mother’s will: to find their lost brother and unknown father and hand them a pair of mysterious letters. It soon turns out that the pair knew little of their mother’s life, so their »

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Exclusive: Incendies ' Denis Villeneuve

19 April 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve ( Maëlstrom ) may be best known within the fairly secluded arts community that is Montreal, but his fourth film Incendies offers the type of powerful dramatic emotions that's already made it an audience favorite at dozens of film festivals, got it eight Genie Awards (Canada's equivalent of the Oscars) as well as an Oscar nomination in the Foreign Language category. The story follows a pair of twins living in Montreal, Jeanne and Simon (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette), whose dead mother Nawal Marzan (Lubna Azabal) leaves a will that sends the two of them on a mission to find their true father as well as to locate the brother they never knew they had. The film follows each of the twins as they make one leg of the journey through the Middle East »

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Incendies | Review - SXSW Film 2011

3 April 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Denis Villeneuve Writers: Denis Villeneuve, Wajdi Mouawad Starring: Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Lubna Azabal, Maxim Gaudette After their mother Nawal’s (Lubna Azabal) death, twins Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) are faced with a puzzle that they must solve in order to fulfill their mother's last will and testament. According to their mother's most recent employer (Rémy Girard) -- a notary who was designated as the will's executor -- two letters must be delivered, one to their father and one to their brother. This is a puzzle because Jeanne and Simon assumed that their father was long dead and this is the first time that they have ever heard about the existence of any siblings. Simon wants nothing at all to do with their lunatic mother's crazy mind games, so it is Jeanne (quite purposefully a mathematician, therefore a staunch believer in absolute answers) who embarks upon the journey »

- Don Simpson

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[Ndnf Review] Incendies

25 March 2011 10:58 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The message running throughout Incendies is clear enough. It’s so clear, in fact, that those watching are in danger of injury, due to intense bludgeoning of said subject matter. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, delves into the moral fiber and traumatic tree rings of war more than most films have or most likely ever will, but without one clear vantage point or emotional anchor.

Olivier Assayas‘ Carlos, which similarly tackles military revolt and the collateral damage that comes with it, is focused and dense, never diverting from its narcissistic, passionate title character. Villeneuve’s central character, Nawal (Lubna Azabal), is a cipher. A survivor who does just that and not much more. She survives. She survives the bombing of her village, a bus ride that ends riddled in bullets, a never-ending stint in prison complete with every kind of torture and so much more, including separation from her first-born child. »

- Dan Mecca

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'Incendies' Premieres In La and NYC on April 22

4 February 2011 4:00 AM, PST | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

The web site iTunes Movie Trailers announced that the Canadian film Incendies, which is nominated for the Oscar of Best film in a foreign language, will be released in Los Angeles and New York on April 22.

For the moment, nothing indicates that the latest film from director Denis Villeneuve will get a rollout in other major American cities.

The film is about a mother's last wish which sends Jeanne and Simon, two twins living in Canada, on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots.

The film stars Lubna Azabal, Maxim Gaudette, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Rémy Girard and Abdelghafour Elaaziz.

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- anhkhoido@gmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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'Incendies' trailer.

2 February 2011 9:58 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the trailer for Incendies, starring Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette. In theaters April 1, 2011, the drama is directed and written by Denis Villeneuve, based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad. Incendies is a deeply moving story that brings the extremism and violence of today’s world to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament to the uncanny power of the will to survive. See the Incendies trailer below. When notary Lebel (Rémy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal’s will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn’t know existed »

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'Incendies' trailer.

2 February 2011 9:58 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the trailer for Incendies, starring Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette. In theaters April 1, 2011, the drama is directed and written by Denis Villeneuve, based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad. Incendies is a deeply moving story that brings the extremism and violence of today’s world to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament to the uncanny power of the will to survive. See the Incendies trailer below. When notary Lebel (Rémy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal’s will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn’t know existed »

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SXSW 2011 Unveils Feature Film Line-Up

2 February 2011 8:21 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

The South by Southwest Film Festival announced its feature film line-up Wednesday, piling heaps of cinematic goodness on an already stellar program that includes Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, Duncan JonesSource Code, Ti West’s The Innkeepers, Conan O’Brien’s tour documentary, and the latest Simon Pegg-Nick Frost comedy, Paul, with Seth Rogen.

Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) returns to the festival with her latest film, Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried, after the writer-director spoke on a screenwriting panel in 2009.

Plus a few favorites from the Sundance Film Festival last month, like Tom McCarthy’s Win Win, Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and Max Winkler’s Ceremony.

I’m extremely excited, even if I’m already having flashbacks to intense sleep deprivation.  Like the last two years, I’ll be on the ground covering as much of the festival as I can within the packed 9 days of screenings, »

- Jeff Leins

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