For 20 years, after escaping sectarian violence and rage in Lebanon, she went to work for her boss. After her death, her twins are being called in to handle some important matters at the firm.

Incendies by Denis Villeneuve in 2010
Incendies by Denis Villeneuve in 2010

A character named Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin is given the option to give her children’s letters to the father they never met. Another character named Maxim Gaudette is given a letter his “brother” never knew he had and thus is offered an opportunity to have a relationship with him.

“Incendies” is among the best thriller movies from an Oscar winning director. The movie reflects on how meaningless it is to hate someone because of their religion, and how pointless it is to be hateful in the first place.

In “Incendies,” the lesson to be learned is that an accident of birth is not a reason for hatred.

As the fictional character in this story, Nawal (Lubna Azabal) turns out to be the mother of twins who decides to fund her daughter’s trip to do something for her mother before she dies. Jeanne takes off on a different itinerary and Simon bides his time by staying in Canada until later in the story.


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Jeanne’s flashbacks show us the life of Nawal. We’re able to see how her religious and romantic feelings were difficult in a time period that was different than what was known as normal. This led to a chain of friendships, love, activism and political struggles. The journey showed her that she could do unthinkable things.

And in the names of all their gods, people on both sides, killed and justified as an act of war. When enough people had died, they no longer needed their gods because they sought personal or tribal revenge.

Villeneuve’s “A Season of Murder” depicts a group of fanatics that kill many strangers, provoking revenge among those who were not nowhere near the victims.

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Incendies by Denis Villeneuve in 2010

The film Incendies Incendies impressively takes a complex, poetic story and refashions it into something better suited for film with often showing the action rather than just conveying the mental image. The screenplay is by Denis Villeneuve and based on a play by Wajdi Mouawad.

Here is a noir set in any country with its own unique take on all the reasons for murder traditionally seen.

In the film Incendies set in the Middle East, Nawal must deal with a certain degree of intense trauma and emotional conflict that some viewers might find difficult to witness. In her performance, Lubna Azabal never drifts below compelling. As the film progresses, we see why she will act as she does under these circumstances – as she is forced to.


Capernaum by Nadine Labaki in 2018

With an almost dreamlike heart, his direction and writing assure that the secrets of this film are revealed in a palpable way. The way he reveals them is flawlessly done.

The ending of the film Incendies feels abrupt and confusing, but at the same time brings a beautiful revelation that just about makes sense. The film reveals the depth of grief in people’s lives, despite their belief in revenge.

Leaving her letters, she appears to be doing something meaningful. But what was her purpose?

Sealing the letters would have been an easy way to hold back the truth and give them a chance to succeed, she could have thought. If they had not found the recipients, they would not have learned the truth.


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The motives of the letters

The motive behind Jeanne’s and Simon’s journeys was indeed provided, but I am not that bothered by the role of a device that caused the twists in the narrative. A MacGuffin is a device that sets a story into motion while “Incendies” tells a shocking one.

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