Friday, October 28 th, 2016 at 00:10 am 

the quest



A mother’s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots.


INCENDIES is the 2010 Academy Award winner for best foreign language film. It’s in French. It was submitted by Canada and based on a stage play. It is a story told somewhat in flashback about a set of twins who find out at their mother’s death that they have a father that they didn’t know, who they thought was dead and a brother that they didn’t know existed. This sets them off on a quest to find both. Given the fact that this is set in the Middle East in some indeterminate country — it was filmed in Jordan — there are the requisite atrocities and Muslims versus Christians and all sorts of really horrible things. It is shocking, violent, uncomfortable to watch, and somewhat unrealistic in terms of its ending. Having said that, it will haunt you. The performances are terrific. Do I think it was the best foreign movie of the year? I don’t. But, I only get one vote. Do I think it’s a powerful movie? I do. Do I think it’s easy to watch? Not at all. So, all I can tell you is it’s a powerful movie. As I said, it did win the Oscar for best foreign movie of the year, but it is not easy to watch. So, I will give it three and a half stars.