Incendies by Denis Villeneuve

An update from 2010 Warsaw Film Festival, where the film won the Grand Prix.

It is a very twisted story of a family in an unspecified country which most probably is Lebanon. The plot is told in parallel with events being presented with 30-year gaps between the scenes when the mother and the daughter are of the same age.

All begins with a very intriguing scene at the swimming pool, to which the viewers are brought many times – in a way that human memory works, when we begin to realise more and more and begin to understand aspects that we missed the first and second and the third time when we watched the scene. A very crafty method as used in the classic film noir.

A very powerful film, a wartime and political drama as well as a family drama.

Important to watch for similar reasons to A Separation; namely to get a different perspective from our Euro-centric point of view.

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Filed under 2011 cinema releases, Film Festivals, film reviews, Warsaw Film Festival 2010

One response to “Incendies by Denis Villeneuve

  1. i always enjoy a subtle reflection on the inadequacies of human memory. but something tells me that this is about a lot more than that.

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