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Incendies -- Twin siblings uncover a shocking family secret after they agree to their mother's dying wish: to locate the father they thought was dead, and a brother they never knew existed.
Incendies -- As twins Jeanne and Simon Marwan learn the specifics of the will prepared by their mother, Nawal, they are handed two envelopes: one is for the father they presumed to be dead, the other is to be handed to the brother they didn’t know existed. Jeanne drafts herself into the mystery, soon landing in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. Simon soon follows and the pair begin to unravel their mother's secret history.
Incendies -- A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. [edit]


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Release Date:
12 January 2011 (Belgium) See more »
The search began at the opening of their mother's will.
Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mustafa Kamel ... Barbier de la Milice / Officer Milice Chrétienne
Hussein Sami ... Nihad (5ans)

Rémy Girard ... Notaire Jean Lebel

Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin ... Jeanne Marwan
Maxim Gaudette ... Simon Marwan
Dominique Briand ... Professor Niv Cohen

Lubna Azabal ... Nawal Marwan
Frédéric Paquet ... Médecin a l'urgence
Hamed Najem ... Wahab
Ahmad Massad ... Bassem Marwan
Bader Alami ... Nicolas Marwan
Majida Hussein ... Grand-mére de Nawal
Asriah Nijres ... Sage-Femme
John Dunn-Hill ... Professeur Saïd Haidar
Nadia Essadiqi ... Secrétaire Université
Chaouki Charbel ... Professeur Université
Axel Garbi ... Universitaire #1
Amine Benzenine ... Universitaire #2
Joyce Raie ... Étudiante Journaliste
Celine Soulier ... Journaliste Française
Sumaya Al-Attia ... Rafqa (as Sumaya Attia)
Mohammad Rasheed Ajlouni ... Étudiant à Bout de Souffle
Nabil Koni ... Oncle Charbel
Laila Qutub ... Jeune Cousine de Nawal
Raja'a Hikma ... Tante de Nawal
Rand Faris ... Autre Cousine de Nawal
Hayef Majeed Mubarak ... Voisin
Sulwan Daoud ... Soldat Checkpoint #1
Nafeh Niam ... Soldat Checkpoint #2
Widad Shafago ... Demme à l'orphelinat
Baker Kabbani ... Vieux Berger
Basel Karim Hazem ... Conducteur Autobus
Jackie Sawiris ... Mére
Noura Waleed ... Fillette
Kamal Fanni ... Milicien #1
Abdallah Hweidi ... Milicien #2
Firas Fanni ... Milicien #3
Ramzi Fanni ... Milicien #4
Fadel Abdel Latif ... Épicier
Ali Hussein ... Ahmed
Zeinab Mohammad ... Jeunne Fille à la Porte
Rehab Hazim ... Fillette
Baraka Rahmani ... Samia
Yada Mahmoud ... Femme #1
Hadeel Hisham ... Femme #2
Hind Kamel ... Femme #3
Rasmeyeh Leftey ... Souha
Lara Atalla ... Femme en Colére #1
Sajida Hussein ... Femme en Colére #2
Raya Qaraein ... Femme en Colére #3 (as Raya Hamdan Qaraein)
Ahmad Srour ... Homme Masqué
Ali Elayan ... Chef de la Milice Chrétienne
Anton Atalla ... Assistant Chef de la Milice
Karim Shiyab ... Invité #1
Kamal Al Muhaisen ... Invité #2
Marwan Dudin ... Wajdi
Maria Mohammad ... Épiuse du Chief de la Milice
Zalfa Chelhot ... Nouchine
Michael Zananiri ... Milicien #5
Shadi Bishara Jou'aneh ... Milicien #6
Robert Auclair ... Barbierde la Prison
Belkacem Lahbairi ... Guide de la Prison
Nabil Sawalha ... Fahim
Camille Rizkallah ... Gardien de la Prison #1 (as Camille Rizkalla)
Abdelghani Ben Rafalia ... Gardien de la Prison #2
Abdelghafour Elaaziz ... Abou Tarek
Baya Belal ... Maika
Georges Khayat ... Gardien à la Riviére

Allen Altman ... Notaire Maddad
Christine Aubin Khalifah ... Infirmiére sons Palliatifs
Mohammad Sami ... Enfant décombres #1
Sam Jamal ... Enfant décombres #2
Jihad Hazem ... Enfant décombres #3
Ram Qabil ... Jeune Homme Décombres
Yousef Soufan ... Nihad (15 ans)
Yousef Shweihat ... Guide de Deressa (as Yousef Shuwayhat)
Jabar Risheq ... Hamid
Karim Babin ... Homme de Chamseddine #1
Adel Ladikani ... Homme de Chamseddine #2
Mher Karakashian ... Assistant de Chamseddine
Mohamed Majd ... Chamseddine
Aladeen Tawfeek ... Ami de Nihad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sam Chamas ... Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
Denis Villeneuve 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne  script consultant
Wajdi Mouawad  play (as Wadji Mouawad)
Denis Villeneuve  written by

Produced by
Anthony Doncque .... co-producer
Luc Déry .... producer
Phoebe Greenberg .... associate producer
Penny Mancuso .... associate producer
Kim McCraw .... producer
Miléna Poylo .... co-producer
Gilles Sacuto .... co-producer
Ziad Touma .... associate producer
Stephen Traynor .... line producer
Sylvie Trudelle .... line producer
Original Music by
Grégoire Hetzel 
Cinematography by
André Turpin 
Film Editing by
Monique Dartonne 
Casting by
Constance Demontoy 
Production Design by
André-Line Beauparlant 
Set Decoration by
Rana Abboot 
Marie-Soleil Dénommé 
Amin Charif El Masri 
Philippe Lord 
Costume Design by
Sophie Lefebvre 
Makeup Department
André Duval .... key hair stylist
Nathalie Garon .... hair stylist
Production Management
Andrew Cullen .... production manager
Erik Daniel .... post-production supervisor
Fuad Khalil .... production manager
Philippe Montel .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tamir Naber .... second second assistant director
Eric Parenteau .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rime Al-Jabr .... scenic artist
Francis Back .... storyboard artist
Louis Cyr .... scenic technician
Muhannad Halawani .... painter
Sana'a Jaber .... prop maker
Samy Keilani .... construction coordinator
Karim Kheir .... set dresser
Marie-Claude L'Heureux .... art department coordinator
Bruno Lahaye .... props
Marylène Samson .... assistant property master
Samir Zaidan .... scenic artist
Nasser Zoubi .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Sylvain Bellemare .... sound designer
Jo Caron .... foley recordist (as Jocelyn Caron)
Séverin Engler .... boom operator
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound re-recording mixer
Benoit Leduc .... adr recordist
Simon Meilleur .... foley artist
Jean Umansky .... sound engineer
Emmanuelle Villard .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Karim El Fassi .... special effects assistant
Sebastien Roussel .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Christophe Chabot-Blanchet .... compositor: Rodeo FX
Patrick David .... compositor: Rodeo FX
Guylaine Dutil .... visual effects producer
Ara Khanikian .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
Thomas Montminy Brodeur .... compositor: Rodeo FX (as Thomas Brodeur)
Josiane O'Rourke .... visual effects coordinator: Rodeo FX
Vincent Poitras .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
Mathieu Raynault .... visual effects supervisor: Rodeo FX
Moika Sabourin .... digital artist: Rodeo FX
Marc-Andre Samson .... lead matte painter
Lee Ann Simard .... visual effects production assistant: Rodeo FX
Laurent Spillemaecker .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
Norbert Tissier .... digital artist: Rodeo FX
Benoit Touchette .... visual effects producer: Rodeo FX
Yan Lecomte .... stunt performer
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt coordinator
Steve Lucescu .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Aubin .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Bertrand Calmeau .... still photographer: Canada Unit
Daniel Chrétien Jr. .... electrician
Vanessa Dubé .... apprentice camera: Montreal
Denis Lamothe .... gaffer
Martin Lebel .... first assistant: "a" camera
Pierre Malo .... electrician
Denis-Noel Mostert .... b camera / steadicam operator
Ezz Isleem .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lara Atalla .... casting
Christelle Dufour .... casting associate
Lucie Robitaille .... casting
Tristan Thibaudeau .... casting assistant: Montreal
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fikreyeh Abu Kheit .... seamstress
Jamila Aladdin .... costumer
Julie Amyot .... set costumer
Phaedra Dahdaleh .... assistant costumer
Karma Hijjawi .... costume buyer
Martin Tarte .... assistant costume designer
Madeleine Tremblay .... costumer
Editorial Department
Edith Bellehumeur .... assistant editor
Eric Gaudry .... colorist
Guillaume Girard .... assistant editor (assistant editor)
Nicolae Ilies .... hd colorist
François Massé .... di editor
Charlotte Mazzinghi .... colorist
Maxime Roberge .... post-production assistant
Pierre Cadieux .... head of operations: Technicolor Montreal (uncredited)
Music Department
Jean-Pierre Arquié .... score coordinator (as Jean-Pierre Arquie)
Benjamin Caillaud .... music editor
Chris Clad .... violin
Ben Foster .... orchestra leader
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Grégoire Hetzel .... orchestrator
Lewis Jones .... pro tools recordist
Josephine Knight .... musician: violincello
Sébastien Lépine .... music supervisor
Pascal Mayer .... score producer
Stéphane Reichart .... music scoring mixer
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Mary Scully .... musician: contrabass
Lucy Whalley .... assistant orchestra contractor
Transportation Department
Saleh Ataca .... driver
Omar Ayesh .... transportation captain
Nader Ayoub .... driver
Réal Hamel .... picture car coordinator
Ahmad Khader .... driver
Omar Mohammed .... driver
Yousef Mohammed .... driver
Other crew
Tarik Afifi .... production assistant
Ahmad Atawneh .... production assistant
Reem Bandak .... production coordinator
Jim Dobson .... publicist
Élaine Hébert .... production executive
Sarah Kaskas .... production assistant
Fuad Khalil .... location manager
Valerie Milot .... production assistant
Sébastien Moïse .... production assistant
Saeb Abul Ragheb .... assistant location manager
Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette .... production assistant
Francine Allaire .... thanks
Zoé Crabtree .... thanks
George David .... special thanks
Pierre Moreau .... thanks
Marie Sabbah .... thanks
Eric Tavitian .... special thanks

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Rated R for some strong violence and language
139 min | Canada:130 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA (2011) | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Chile:14 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:12 | Japan:PG12 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:12 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46626)

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 »
Errors in geography: Scenes set in Lebanon give away their real location by the cars with Jordanian number plates.See more »
Notary Jean Lebel:Death is never the end of the story. It always leaves tracks.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) (TV)See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Better than Greek Tragedy!, 4 July 2013
Author: drumgod101 from USA

Because it's so good, after watching Canadien/French Film Incendies for the second time, I thought that it must be based on a novel of play. I needed to find out. I now know that it is based on a play by Wajdi Mouawad. Mouawad is a Canadien writer, and to my delight, Incendies is part of a series of four plays. This means I have three more Incendies-like plays still to read. I won't go through a run-down of the plot, talk in abstractions about arch, characters symbiosis or lack-there-of…. there are tons of proper film reviews out there already dealing with these topics. I thought I'd just talk about two things, the two things that I thought make this an outstanding film: Photography, and the remarkable unfolding of a dramatic story; better film critics than me, which is to say any real film critic, have said that this film pulls off tragedy better than the Greeks.

The photography, the photography, the photography… was just as good the second time as it was the first time I saw it. The film opens in a village that could be mistaken for Greece of Israel. At thought maybe this was set and shot in Palestine, but I think most of the film as actually shot in Jordan. Theses shots are actually set to portray a fictional Lebanon, both past and modern day. The history intertwined with the movie seems to be loosely fictional; I can't find any information on any of the places that appear in film. My Lebanese civil war history is a little rusty. Anyone else?

There are two shots in particular that stand out. Both are shot at a distance to reveal the vastness of the landscape, unmistakably Mediterranean. Rocky, and the trees, not that I'm a tree expert, but they must be olive or fig trees, they are almost overused as prototypical symbols of the Med, but they work great. The first shot I like is actually two shots, meaning one type of shot that is used twice, almost identically. It's of a bus traveling on a skinny, mountainside road. At first, the camera is in close then pans way out to show the whole panoramic view, massive landscape, and tiny bus, a common technique in World films that are shot in exotic landscapes. The other shot is similar. It is later in the film. One of the characters is driving to a modern day Deressa Refugee camp and there is a shot taken from the sky of the winding roads leading up the side of a mountain. This shot is amazing, and whatever effects of filters the photographer added to make it fit the film's tone so well, I can't think of a better word to use to describe them, and the shot as 'cinematic.' I know that's a terrible term to use when describing Cinema, I really do, but a shot like this is so expressive and well-placed in the film, there is nothing going in the film here excepts visuals, the shot on it's own stands out as an artistic, filmmaking achievement.

The storyline, the storyline, the storyline…unfolds with the precision of a textbook tragedy. It sets up the conflict right off the top--- find missing brother and father. As the drama unfolds the story becomes more and more complex, adding twists and turns to the plot that we never even thought possible. In the end we are left with remains that challenge Oedipus the King in magnitude. (but without the fall from grace) The film still manage to exit the scene with a sparkle of hope. Forgiveness lets the audience breath a little easier as the film closes, a catharsis, but even then the story, the film, will haunt your subconscious for a good while after. More reviews at

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