Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies (2010) is a Mind-Blowing Work of Art

I’m in a chasmic lost for words. Incendies was…goodness gracious. Villeneuve. Villeneuve, never leave us. Please. Never, ever leave us. You are a god. 

Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz, okay, I think I’m sturdy now. Incendies is a rare film that manages to be an invigorating political thriller about violence, war, religion, and hostility, while simultaneously, be a malevolent, nail-biting mystery-noir thriller. There are so many sequences in this bruting, cloak-and-dagger mischief-maker that will stick out to you like an imperishable parasite. It is crushing. 

The only reason why Incendies doesn’t earn a 5/5 from me—for now—is because the pacing at first glance wasn’t all too keen at times, there’s admittedly a plateful of coincidences that materialize, and the character, Simon, was a bit of a nuisance virtually every time he emerged on screen. I’m sure though that after a rewatch in the near future, I’ll end up fine-tuning notably more to this deviously harrowing exploit. Nonetheless, j’ai adoré. (Verdict: A-) 

Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin is the OG Rooney Mara. 

“One plus one equals two. It can’t be one.” 

This Movie is a Part of My List: Ranking Denis Villenueve’s Films From Best To Worst

“Incendies” is available to rent and buy on Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and Netflix.

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