Review: Incendies (15)

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Nominated as Canada’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 2011 Academy Awards, Incendies is a harrowing and slow-burning thriller adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s play, which has been written for the screen and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Following the death of their mother Nawal (Lubna Azabal), twins Jeanne (Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) are summoned to the office of a Montreal notary (Remy Girard).

He reads the content of the matriarch’s will and drops a bombshell: Jeanne and Simon have a brother they never knew about.

Moreover, it was Nawal’s dying wish that the twins should deliver letters to this long-lost sibling and their estranged father, thereby laying the ghosts of the past to rest once and for all.

Reluctantly agreeing to their mother’s strange request, Jeanne and Simon seek out the men who shaped their lives, unaware of the shocking secrets that will be exposed in the process.