Flash Movie Review: Incendies
There are people walking this earth who are related to me, but I have no idea who they may be. With my family roots coming out of England, Lithuania and Russia, there is not a trail of records that would form a clear family tree of relatives for me. I wish there was a way to find these individuals and hear their life stories, let alone look to see if there were any physical resemblances that were passed down to each generation. To hear a different version of a family member you were familiar with would be a heady experience, I would think. As far as I know there have not been any relatives that had a secret spouse or child, but I have to assume anything is possible. This very topic was the heart of the story in this Oscar nominated movie. At the reading of Nawal Marwan’s, played by Lubna Azabal (Body of Lies, Coriolanus), will; her children Jeanne and Simon, played by Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin (Through the Mist, Taking the Plunge franchise) and Maxim Gaudette (Polytechnique, Cheech), discovered their father was alive and they had a brother they never knew existed. Per their mother’s wishes the two children set off on a harrowing trail that would lead them to some deep family secrets. This dramatic mystery grabbed my attention right from the start. The parallel stories were easy to follow and augmented each other with a buildup of drama. Even though the actors were speaking in a foreign language to me, I thought the actors’ acting came across vividly, with emotions easily pouring out of them. It especially added strength to the scenes that had a higher level of intensity. The directing was right on target; I only had a minor complaint of not always knowing what location was being shown at first. As I said it was not a big deal since the gripping story kept my interest in this film festival winning movie. How ever you define family, some people’s focus is solely on their family members; for others it is not a priority. This film presented an unbelievable option that never even occurred to me. This Canadian movie was spoken in French and Arabic languages with English subtitles.
3 1/2 stars — DVD