Incendies

Essential, intelligent film
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A mother’s will forces two Canadian twins to search for a father and a brother that they never knew existed in this high substance, Radiohead approved film. They return to Lebanon, the land of her birth, and slowly discover the horrifying untold story of her earlier life. Centred on a neutral examination of nation’s civil war, Incendies tackles a cycle of hatred fuelled by tribal feuds, politics, religion and ideology. The grand scale of the issue is given a compelling emotional punch by switching that context onto the experiences of a single woman - a mother who, it seems, her children never really knew.

Incendies is by no measure an accessible view; the politics, as in the reality, are borderline incomprehensible, the pacing shifts gear at will and the semi-linear plot takes sometime to hit the essence of the story which, despite its depth, is inherently about a search for a missing person. Villeneuve utilises repeated mirror images to emphasise how the horrors of conflict echo across generations to come, all the while cleverly placing narrative hints which only later reveal their full magnitude. This essential, intelligent film is as gruelling, harrowing and surprising as they come.

9/10

Words by BEN HOPKINS




INCENDIES
DIRECTOR DENIS VILLENEUVE
RELEASED JUNE 24th
CERT 15

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