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Incendies (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, War  |  12 January 2011 (France)
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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 ...
Ahmad Massad ...
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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Crazy Credits

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8 February 2011 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

During the reading of the will of their mother's, a twin brother and sister learn of some unusual last wishes. Amongst other requests, two envelopes need to be delivered to respectively the father of the two and a brother whom are both unknown. The quest leads the twins through the Middle East where they slowly learn of the horrific tales which is the life history of their late mother.

The movie tells a very graphic but endearing story, perfectly shot and acted allowing the viewer to get fully immersed into the journey and findings of the twins. Through flashbacks we learn about the hardship of the mother and, eventually, the fate of the father and brother. As a treat, there is a great twist at the end which is really the icing on the cake.

Highly recommended.


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