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In Brief: Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies is the most intense film I’ve seen all year. It’s also one of the most compelling — and, in its own way, one of the most entertaining. The brilliance of Incendies lies in its fragmented presentation of the story as a mystery. This provides the film with that rarest of qualities — the sense of wanting to know what happens next. I’m going to say nothing more about the plot — that should be left to the film — but I do want to note that the performances are quite wonderful, but none matches the intensity of Lubna Azabal. And yet Azabal’s is not a showy performance in the least, offering very few big moments and internalizing its intensity at every turn. There’s nothing of the Oscar-bait we’re so often served in what are commonly thought of as great acting. This is something that completely transcends such. This is the goods. And so is the film, which is a must-see. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke originally published on June 7, 2011.
Genre: Mystery Drama
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard, Abdelghafour Elaaziz
Rated: R

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Incendies on Friday, Nov. 9, at the new Flood Gallery location in Black Mountain, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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