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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
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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 Arquie .... score coordinator
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
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:
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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 | 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:Will of Mrs. Nawal Marwan... To Notary Jean Lebel: Bury me with no casket, no prayers, naked, face down, away from the world. Stone and epitaph. I want no gravestone, nor my name engraved anywhere. No epitaph for those who don't keep their promises. To Jeanne and Simon: Childhood is a knife stuck in your throat. It can't be easily removed. Jeanne, Mr Lebel will give you an envelope. The envelope is for your father. Find him, and give it to him. Simon, the notary will give you an envelope...See more »
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43 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Probably the best drama of the last few years!, 12 October 2010
Author: kluseba from Chicoutimi, Canada

I decided to watch this movie because I have read many excellent critics and because this book is used in Quebec's "cegeps", some kind of a post-high-school, and my girlfriend talked about it with me. Indeed, I am very happy to have seen this intense movie. It is really a great and close to perfection. Even though I have even seen one or two better films this year, this movie is at least the best drama I have seen in the last five years.

This movie is absolutely convincing. It has very intense images and words and has a very slow paced and sad atmosphere. The movie begins very calm but the tension raises very fast and you really feel more and more with the tragic characters. This movie makes you cry, it makes you angry, it shocks you. Once again, it is a Quebecker movie that is cut into pieces and may mix you up a little bit in the beginning. You see scenes from the present where Jeanne and Simon are first parallely looking for the truth and trying to fulfil her last will, you see scenes from the dramatic past of her mother at different stages of her life and you also see scenes from the past of her family. The movie shows not only a couple of interesting and diversified characters (played by mostly unknown and indeed extremely talented actors), but also magnificent and intense landscapes, shocking crime and war scenes and insights of a foreign culture and the clash of the generations and ideologies in the past and the present. The movie is much diversified and very intellectual.

Many people were surprised by several twists and a very intense and dramatic ending. It is true that the development the movie takes is really shocking but I have seen a few things coming and wasn't that surprised in the end, but that almost does no harm to the atmosphere and tension of the movie. The movie tells in a very philosophical way about the irony of fate, peace and war, love and hate, vengeance and forgiveness, saints and sinners. It is uneasy to watch the movie and you still think about what you have heard and seen for quite a while after the movie.

Almost everything is perfect in this movie. There are two minor reasons why I don't give the best note. First of all, I was somehow able to predict some of the punches at a certain point in the movie and I have already seen more intense and shocking dramas that very even more uneasy and heavier to watch than this one, for example "The pianist". Second, some scenes in the beginning of the movie are not done very well by the camera man. In the scene where Jeanne is in her mathematic class and when she looks for some accessories in her room, the camera is disturbingly shaking and moving all the time but not to create an effect of uneasiness, because there are no similar scenes later in the movie during way heavier scenes. Those two scenes (that would not have been complicated to produce or film again) are just not well done and the director should have seen and corrected that before sending the final product to the festivals and cinemas. In a perfect and intense masterpiece, this little detail is really something that could harm the reputation and professionalism of the whole brilliant work. The next time, they should be more concentrated on the movie's perfection and keep their eyes open or invest the money in a good camera director instead of some war scenes.

But all in all, I think that we can really talk about an extremely good movie here! It is surely worth watching it and I agree with those ones who would like to see this movie represent Canada at the Oscars.

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