Owen Gleiberman
April 21, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Incendies

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
130 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/22/11
performer
Lubna Azabal, Maxim Gaudette
director
Denis Villeneuve
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Wajdi Mouawad, Denis Villeneuve
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an A-

This fearless French-Canadian drama (Incendies), which was nominated for 2010’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, slices right into the Middle Eastern heart of darkness. In Montreal, adult Arab twins (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin and Maxim Gaudette) are instructed by their mother’s will to seek out the father they didn’t know was alive and the brother they didn’t know they had. The movie is a bumpy road of twists leading to a revelation that has the shock and force of Greek tragedy. As the mother, Lubna Azabal cries tears of acid. A?

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