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Incendies (2010)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mustafa Kamel ...
Barbier de la Milice / Officer Milice Chrétienne
Hussein Sami ...
Nihad (5ans)
Maxim Gaudette ...
Dominique Briand ...
Professor Niv Cohen
Frédéric Paquet ...
Médecin a l'urgence
Hamed Najem ...
Bassem Marwan
Bader Alami ...
Nicolas Marwan
Majida Hussein ...
Grand-mére de Nawal
Asriah Nijres ...
John Dunn-Hill ...
Professeur Saïd Haidar
Nadia Essadiqi ...
Secrétaire Université


A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to the 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. Written by Mylène Chollet

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Mystery | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 January 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Die Frau die singt - Incendies  »

Box Office


$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$50,679 (USA) (22 April 2011)


$6,857,096 (USA) (23 September 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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!" See more »


Scenes set in Lebanon give away their real location by the cars with Jordanian number plates. See more »


Simon Marwan: One plus one, does it make one? It comes from Tarkovsky's Nostalghia.
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Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) See more »


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Fantastic! Villeneuve's best film yet
13 September 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is extraordinary on just about every level. The script is terrific, the actors are perfect, the direction and cinematography are all you could hope for. I recommend it without hesitation.

Anyone who has seen any of Villeneuve's previous work--or Andre Turpin's Zigrail--knows that these filmmakers have bodies of work that are almost without peer in contemporary cinema world-wide and are unparallelled in the history of Canadian cinema (until seeing Incendies, Maelstrom was my favourite Canadian film). Incendies does not betray that "legacy". You should absolutely see it.

In a film as stunning as this one it's odd to single out one aspect, but I must say that Lubna Azabal's performance is among the best I've ever seen. Though I've watched a few films that she's been in in the past, she never really stood out for me. She is devastatingly good in this picture.

I do hope that this film gets submitted to the AMPAS for Oscar selection as it is definitely the best film I've seen this year and a shoe-in for the foreign picture Oscar.

My only complaint about the film was the use of music by Radiohead, which took me out of the film each time it played. The rest of the music cues were spot-on and quite excellent, but Thom Yorke's voice belonged nowhere near this film.

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