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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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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
Denis Villeneuve (scenario)

Wajdi Mouawad (play)

Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (collaboration)

Denis Villeneuve  dialogue

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
Josiane Fradette .... post-production manager: Vision Globale
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
Loïc Guilloux .... composer: additional music
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

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
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?

Although shot in Jordan, the Middle Eastern country in which the film takes place was deliberately left unnamed. Some viewers have noted the word "Palestine" visible on a window in Nawal's school, but the Christian-Muslim conflict would seem to imply the setting is Lebanon, the birthplace of playwright Wajdi Mouawad.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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111 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
Our Love Became a Funeral Pyre, 26 March 2011
Author: alexart-1 from United States

When people watch the Oscars, they don't usually care about the Best Foreign Film nominees. Incendies provides so many reasons why people should actually get to see those nominees at all costs. Incendies is the kind of film that one walks away from feeling emotionally drained, one where it stays in the viewer's mind for days on end. Like an intense personal experience, it takes a lot to come to grips with the film's story, a moving plot full of twists and catharsis. At the New Directors/New Films Festival in New York, at which I saw this last night, Denis Villeneuve explained that he has made four films in Canada, but this is the first one to be released in America. Right now, I see no reason why Villeneuve, or any of the actors for that matter, shouldn't have a great future ahead of them.

Based on the play Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, Incendies follows a non-linear plot that spans two generations. In the present day, Jeanne and Simon are twins who have lost their mother, Nawal. Nawal has stipulated in her will that Jeanne and Simon must return an envelope to the brother they didn't know existed who is currently living in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Only then can the twins give Nawal a proper burial. Jeanne feels obligated to return the letter, so she goes to the Middle East, only to realize some of Nawal's nastiest secrets. As Jeanne uncovers more about Nawal, the viewer is shown Nawal's story. The film builds up to an unforgettable ending that is sure to rock any viewer.

Incendies already had great source material. I've praised the plot enough, but one thing I must add is that the play is apparently four hours long, according to Villeneuve. It's impressive that this movie succeeds so nicely because I can't imagine that anything was cut. But to back up that source material, there's some really great acting. The entire cast plays their parts with such an emotional vigor that it seems impossible that this work of art wasn't autobiographical.

Furthermore, Villeneuve has made a film that relies on great filmmaking to impact the viewer. The cinematography is beautifully bland, surely a nod to some of the deserts in the Lebanon- like land where the movie takes place. Color scheme is also used to Villeneuve's advantage to show the parallels between Nawal and Jeanne's lives. Villeneuve seems to love working with extended zoom shots that shock the viewer with their overwhelmingly long silences. Why Villeneuve didn't receive critical acclaim (in America, at least) before Incendies is a mystery.

There are many movies about the Middle East. Some have failed miserably in their attempts to strike an emotional chord with critics and viewers alike (Redacted, Rendition), but others have been extremely successful (The Hurt Locker, Lebanon). Incendies could very well be one of the best films ever made about the conflicts in the Middle East. It has its flaws which keep it from being a masterpiece (maybe it could've lost five or ten minutes), but it is that rare type of film that really resonates beyond the initial viewing. Hopefully, Incendies will be remembered for years to come as the little, brilliant film that spawned the great fame of Denis Villeneuve.

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