Sunday, 15 July 2012

Incendies (2010)

Incendies is the film for anyone who's planning on researching their family history and that is my synopsis of the plot right there. The following review is devoid of all plot detail because too much flavour will spoil the taste.

Director Dennis Villeneuve isn't the greatest director in the world. He hasn't found his feet as far as stylistic coherency is concerned but this is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things because overall, as clumsy as it may be, Incendies is undoubtedly an incredible film. Occasionally, Villeneuve delivers some deeply impactive and emotive moments. The opening scene, for example and it's Radiohead soundtrack sits somewhat incongruously at the fore. It shouldn't work - but it does.

Incendies is delivered in segments that mess with chronology. These meaty portions announce themselves in big red chapter headings, without them the puzzle may be to complex, particularly for those with subtitles, to piece together.

The actors make this film. Particularly Lubna Azabal who ages so convincingly before your eyes that she makes Benjamin Button look like a fraud.

Incendies translated means scorched and that is how you will feel when you walk away from this film. It resonates for days... Make that weeks. Keep checking back as this may be updated to months/years in the near future.


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