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Incendies (2010 - French) (Movies To See Before You Die - World Cinema / Thriller)

17 Dec, 2012 | Movies To See Before You Die / World Cinema

Writing about this memorable classic I would like to begin with the description of the emotional state I was in, after watching this brave venture on a late Thursday night. As usual, being a Friday I had to catch the early morning show of another new Bollywood release next day and had even promised to submit the review of it to a site before the evening. But honestly INCENDIES (meaning ‘destruction by fire’) took away all my spirit, passion and excitement to watch anything else a night before and I simply couldn’t go to the theater next morning which was really something rare happening in my routine followed from decades.

To tell you the truth, this is an exceptionally absorbing film with something greatly shocking and unusual in its script, which might be utterly disturbing for many. Admittedly it was a rarely seen before experience for me too as I had never witnessed such a bold, powerful and at your face depiction of a shattering truth in a film. The final moments of this shocker simply sent chills down my spine and it took me several hours to come out of the distress caused by its wicked content to be honest.
Without revealing anything else about its basic storyline, it’s a dynamically written film talking about the life of a war victim woman, who is courageous enough to admit as well as declare a dark and dreadful secret to her own kids after she is no more. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's widely appreciated play, it revolves around the journey of a twin brother and sister to the Middle East in search of their own roots after their mother’s death. The film opens with a notary reading them their mother’s will in which she had made some unusual request regarding her burial and had left few sealed envelopes to be delivered to some specific persons. And from here onwards it ventures into the hidden paths of the past discovered by the twin brother & sister together, taking you onto an unforgettable journey discovering all the bitter games played with the victim.
Nominated for the Academy Award’s Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (from Canada), INCENDIES is also a well shot movie showcasing many exclusive & splendid landscapes along with few breathtaking action sequences representing the war. But it is unarguably not an easy movie to see for any common moviegoer who is just there to have a good time. So in case you consider Cinema as only a means of entertainment and nothing else or if you are not willing to get disturbed by any awful truths of life as shown in this precious gem then please don’t see INCENDIES to play it safe.
The movie is like a significant, diversified yet extraordinary portrayal of Life, Fate, Lust, Love, Revenge, War and its unintentional consequences on its innocent victims. It also represents unconscious sins and their forgiveness with an intelligent and intellectual vision which needs to be seen by everyone who feels an urge to think and contemplate on such unconceivable subjects.
INCENDIES is capable of making you shake, shiver or cry and it might also turn you into a stone as it finishes off. Its an experience which will refuse to move out of your system for long as its surely one of those uneasy, hard-hitting and upsetting movies which might stay with you for days, weeks and even months. The film shattered me completely, pushing into a corner with its mind boggling writing, execution and performances, so do watch it as a must if you dare to feel the same like never before.
In the end, I would only like to add that INCENDIES remains one of the best movies I have ever seen till date and Cheers to its writer who could even think of such astonishing ‘Basic Idea’ behind this unbelievable masterpiece. In fact the passion of watching ‘The Real Cinema’ remains incomplete if you haven’t seen INCENDIES.
Director by Denis Villeneuve
Starring : Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin and Maxim Gaudette

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17 Dec 2012 / Comments ( 8 )
amit vig

Bobby sir g i am vry scared and svrng in my body
Just imgn of this movie.

Bobby Sing

Yeah Amit,
The film surely is capable of giving such jitters to everyone watching it............and its not easily forgettable!



Nice watch, I really loved the film.I remember you had tweeted about watching this movie a long time ago.Why delay in review?

Bobby Sing

Hi Jithin,
INCENDIES is infact one of the best shocking films I have seen and regarding the delay, I really have got a long list of films which still are pending to be posted at the site..........Am trying to post them all one by one but wud surely do that in the next 1-2 months.


It\'s an amazing movie Bobby, and I must admit the ending gives you goosebumps. I am a big lover of world cinema. I had a similar experience after seeing the end of Oldboy a Korean classic which was destroyed by an inferior remake in Hindi.
If you do get a chance just check out a Norwegian movie by the name of Headhunters. It\'s a wonderful and a pulsating thriller
Love all your reviews Bobby. Have a great Christmas and New Year.

Best Wishes

Bobby Sing

Hi Sanjay,
Thanks for loving my reviews brother and thanks for recommending "Headhunters".
I love to watch con movies really and would soon catch this up and get back.

Wishing you a very happy new year and a belated Christmas too.


Dear Bobby,

Watched it yesterday.

A true masterpiece. Thank you so much for recommending.

Today I am going to watch "A Seperation\'\'

Thanks again.

Bobby Sing

The pleasure is all mine Suchith and you are sure going to love A SEPARATION too.
Glad that you are making an effort to watch such good cinema.


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