The film has been getting a lot of positive reviews ever since its release. It will still have a limited audience and will be one of the few films to get a better tracking after the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars should change all that.
The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve, this Canadian film tells the story of two twins who, upon hearing their mother’s last wishes, journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. It is adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play Scorched, the movie is described as a powerful moving tale of two young adult’s voyage to the core of deep rooted hatred, never ending wars and enduring love.
The movie will be something in the lines of the powerful Paradise now. Check out the full synopsis via Slash Film.
When notary Lebel (Remy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Melissa Desormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal’s will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn’t know existed. In this enigmatic inheritance, Jeanne sees the key to Nawal’s retreat into unexplained silence during the final weeks of her life. She immediately decides to go to the Middle East to dig into a family history of which she knows next to nothing. Simon is unmoved by their mother’s posthumous mind games. However, the love he has for his sister is strong, and he soon joins her in combing their ancestral homeland in search of a Nawal who is very different from the mother they knew. With Lebel’s help, the twins piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman. An adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s hit play, INCENDIES is a deeply moving story that brings the extremism and violence of today’s world to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament to the uncanny power of the will to survive.