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Incendiary (2008)

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A woman's life is forever changed when tragedy strikes at a soccer match.

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Sharon Maguire

Writers:

Chris Cleave (novel), Sharon Maguire
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Young Mother
Ewan McGregor ... Jasper Black
Matthew Macfadyen ... Terrence Butcher
Nicholas Gleaves ... Lenny
Sidney Johnston ... The Boy
Usman Khokhar Usman Khokhar ... The Bomber's Son
Sasha Behar Sasha Behar ... The Bomber's Wife
Ed Hughes Ed Hughes ... Danny Walsh (as Edward Hughes)
Alibe Parsons Alibe Parsons ... Pearl
Stewart Wright ... Charlie
Al Ashton Al Ashton ... Male Survivor (as Al Hunter Ashton)
Benjamin Wilkin Benjamin Wilkin ... Young Policeman
Robin Berry Robin Berry ... Dazed Supporter
Mercy Ojelade Mercy Ojelade ... Nurse Mena
Joe Marshall Joe Marshall ... Gary / VT Man
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Storyline

Grief, guilt, and betrayal. In North London, a young mother dotes on her four-year-old son and lives in a modest flat with her husband, a cop in the bomb squad. The Arsenal football team is their religion. On May Day, a major terrorist attack brings tragedy while she is in the arms of a rich reporter who lives over the road. She wishes she were dead. In grief and guilt, she pursues revenge, faces betrayal, experiences delusions, and may be suicidal. Two men seek her affection: the reporter and a colleague of her husband's who imagines caravan camping with her on a beach. In London, the city of the Great Fire and of Hitler's bombardment, is there any way back to life for her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The truth can blow you apart.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a strong sex scene and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blown Apart See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,173 (United Kingdom), 24 October 2008, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The last feature film of Nicholas Courtney. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where her husband's boss is taking her to the memorial for the dead, her facial cuts are quite healed and well into the scarring stage. But a few minutes later in the scene where she's watching home movies, her facial cuts appear to be freshly scabbed over and quite irritated around the edges. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Boy: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go...
The Boy: Mummy you blinked, I won.
Young Mother: Yes you did. Now in you get. Tomorrow we're going to the sea-side.
Young Mother: [narration - boy running on the beach] So, if I'm going to show you my life, better start here. My boy, in Camber Sands. Why this and why now? I'll come back to that.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] A force of nature was what the midwife called him when he came howling into this world four years ago. And he hasn't stopped since.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] Me and him spend a lot of time ...
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References The Yogi Bear Show (1961) See more »

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Balow, My Babe
English poem of anonymous authorship
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The Amazingly Brilliant Michelle Williams - How Does She Do It?
9 January 2010 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

Having knocked us all out in 2004 in LAND OF PLENTY by Wim Wenders, here Michelle Williams proves that she is truly supernatural. She gives one of the most gut-wrenching performances ever seen on the screen. And for a Montana gal who had to brush the sagebrush pollen out of her hair before joining polite company, stow her lasso, and pretend to be civilised, how did she manage to master the accent and rhythms and patterns of speech, dress, and mannerisms of those real savages, the gals in those short tart's skirts who live in tower blocks in East London and are married to men who support Arsenal Football Club? (Ugh! Football! Makes me sick! And singing about a football club, how oafish can you get?) It all goes to show that Williams, like good wine, travels well, even though in this case it was from planet to planet. This film is so brilliantly written and directed by Sharon Maguire (formerly a television documentary film maker) that the combination of Maguire and Williams sets the cinema on fire and thereby justifies the film's title admirably. Excellent support is had from Ewan McGregor and Matthew MacFadyen as the two male leads, but all eyes are on Williams. The production values of this film are very high, and it is easy to be convinced that the big terrorist attack on Wembley Stadium has really happened, as the attack and the aftermath are all so real. However, this is not a film about terrorism, which is merely the backdrop, in the sense that world wars and civil wars have been for so many films in the past, from GONE WITH THE WIND to FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS to MRS. MINIVER. This is a film about people, but especially about Michelle Williams. Only a woman could have directed this. In fact, one is tempted to say that all films with terrorism backgrounds should be directed by women, because they are not tempted as men are to dwell on all the violence for its own sake. With a woman at the helm, this film becomes a people film, but a man would have strayed, taken more interest in guns and corpses and explosions (little boys going bang bang sometimes never grow up, especially when they have a budget and a cameraman handed to them). As a study of searing grief and despair, Williams has our hearts in her mouth, but don't worry, it isn't really a downer, it is simply so spellbinding looking at her and seeing into another dimension. She seems to be a tiny little thing, and it is almost inconceivable that such a small package can carry such a huge explosive power. This film really is an instant contemporary classic.


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