Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Oscar Nominee: Incendies

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
To Be Released April 22, 2011

This year’s Oscar submission and nominee for Best Foreign Film from Canada is the excessively depressing and difficult “Incendies,” which follows two adult twins as they search for the father and the brother they never knew they had as a testament to the final will of their deceased mother, whose intense back story is told simultaneously. It’s an impressively-lensed and carefully constructed story which manages to keep its threads sensible and comprehensible as it traverses time to give the viewer more information just as its younger female protagonist gleans it. It’s a burdensome experience to get through this painful and heart-wrenching film, but its tragic tale is well-told and exceptionally realized. It’s not for the faint of heart, or even those who can stomach more, and it’s just as hard to forget.


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