(2010)

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100
Denis Villeneuve's screen adaptation of a play by the Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad tells a story-masterfully-of courage, cruelty, family mysteries and a chain of anger that can only be broken by love.
100
The storytelling in Incendies strikes me as primal the way Greek tragedy is primal. Shattering. Cathartic. It is a breathtaking film.
100
Incendies is no mere riff on a Greek mainstay. It is its own entity, delicate and fierce. Already I've risked making it sound like homework. It's not; it's an enthralling drama of survival.
100
It knocks you off your feet and leaves you shaken.
91
The movie is a bumpy road of twists that leads to a revelation that has the shock and force of Greek tragedy.
90
Although the film runs more than two hours, the story is so compelling and the production so beautifully controlled that we are gripped by the characters' quest right up to the shocking end of the story.
88
A devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.
88
Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
88
Most people do not choose their religions but have them forced upon themselves by birth, and the lesson of Incendies is that an accident of birth is not a reason for hatred.
80
Filled with striking images and the ghosts of lives lived in hardship and war, Incendies is tough but impactful.
50
Skillfully made and offering moments of great power, the French Canadian drama Incendies nevertheless overplays its hand, piling tragedy on tragedy until we feel browbeaten with misery.

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