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Incendiary (2008)

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An adulterous woman's life is torn apart when her husband and infant son are killed in a suicide bombing at a soccer match.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jasper Black
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Terrence Butcher
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Lenny
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The Boy
Usman Khokhar ...
The Bomber's Son
Sasha Behar ...
The Bomber's Wife
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Danny Walsh (as Edward Hughes)
Alibe Parsons ...
Pearl
Stewart Wright ...
Charlie
Al Ashton ...
Male Survivor (as Al Hunter Ashton)
Benjamin Wilkin ...
Young Policeman
Robin Berry ...
Mercy Ojelade ...
Nurse Mena
Joe Marshall ...
Gary / VT Man
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Storyline

Grief, guilt, and betrayal. In North London, a young mother dotes on her four-year-old son and lives in a modest flat with her husband, a cop in the bomb squad. The Arsenal football team is their religion. On May Day, a major terrorist attack brings tragedy while she is in the arms of a rich reporter who lives over the road. She wishes she were dead. In grief and guilt, she pursues revenge, faces betrayal, experiences delusions, and may be suicidal. Two men seek her affection: the reporter and a colleague of her husband's who imagines caravan camping with her on a beach. In London, the city of the Great Fire and of Hitler's bombardment, is there any way back to life for her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The truth can blow you apart.


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Rated R for a strong sex scene and brief language | See all certifications »

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24 October 2008 (UK)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Natalie Dormer filmed two days, playing the role of Ewan McGregor's girlfriend, but her role ended up on the cutting room floor. Nevertheless, she called it a "great experience". See more »

Goofs

When Ewan MacGregor's character is checking the attendees list for the May Day game the game shows as Chelsea v Arsenal indicating that Chelsea were the home team, however the explosion was said to be in North London, presumably at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, and the Chelsea ground is in West London. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Boy: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go...
The Boy: Mummy you blinked, I won.
Young Mother: Yes you did. Now in you get. Tomorrow we're going to the sea-side.
Young Mother: [narration - boy running on the beach] So, if I'm going to show you my life, better start here. My boy, in Camber Sands. Why this and why now? I'll come back to that.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] A force of nature was what the midwife called him when he came howling into this world four years ago. And he hasn't stopped since.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] Me and him spend a lot of time ...
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References Top Gear (2002) See more »

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Go West
Written by Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo, Victor Willis
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Underrated and misunderstood...

At times difficult to watch drama functions brilliantly as showcase for Michelle Williams (the best performance of hers that I have yet seen) and an all too vivid examination of the perils and scars of living in the oh so dangerous and unsettled modern world.

Previous comments labeling the film melodramatic and unconvincing seem very off base to me. I agree that this material MIGHT have been pat and soap opera-ish in other hands, but for me the emotional and physical drama are riveting and superbly realized.

I will admit to some reservations about Williams's accent in early scenes...but soon became totally drawn in by the conviction of her performance. She is matched by a beautifully chosen and directed supporting cast.

All in all a very unfairly overlooked film with a very important message which should resonate deeply with anyone willing to open their heart to it.


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