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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)

Company Credits

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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 »


Soldier/Security Guard: Good morning, beautiful.
Nawal Marwan: Good morning.
Soldier/Security Guard: You want to go out with us Thursday night?
Nawal Marwan: No.
Soldier/Security Guard: Friday?
Nawal Marwan: No.
Soldier/Security Guard: Saturday?
Nawal Marwan: No.
Soldier/Security Guard: [shouting] We are very patient!
Nawal Marwan: So am I.
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Crazy Credits

'Mr. Leonard Cohen I need your help, please call me." - Denis Villeneuve See more »


Referenced in Se souvenir des cendres - Regards sur Incendies (2010) See more »


You and Whose Army?
Written by Colin Greenwood (as Colin C. Greenwood), Jonny Greenwood (as Jonathan RG. Greenwood), Ed O'Brien (as Edward J. O'Brien), Phil Selway (as Philip J. Selway), and Thom Yorke (as Thomas E. Yorke)
Performed by Radiohead
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User Reviews

Wonderful and devastating
7 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of attending a screening of Incendies at the Telluride film festival and was absolutely shattered by it. This meticulously crafted film was my favorite of the festival.

Stuff happens and you'll be like NO WAY and then the film goes even further and you'll be like WHOA OKAY WHAT and then even further and you'll be like OH MY GOD and then even further still and you'll be like HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING OH MY GOD PLEASE and then it'll just keep going even further and further and further and by the end of the film you'll just be a steamy, shattered mess like I was.

Characters and events throughout are depicted with the subtlety and prowess of a master filmmaker. I don't want to spoil anything, but there were numerous moments in the screening that I attended when the audience was vocally reacting to moments on screen that were extremely visceral and affecting.

Beautiful, powerful film.

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