Synopsis: A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Director(s): Denis Villeneuve
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 39 wins & 15 nominations.
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131 min

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Last will and testament of

Dr. Nawal Marwan.

Opening of the will to

her two children,

Simon Marwan and Jeanne Marwan.

"In accordance with the will,

regulations and rights of

Nawal Marwan,

the notary, Jean Lebel,

is named executor."

Hmm ... I must tell you here

that it was your mother's decision.

I was personally against

it, but she insisted.

You know ...

... your mother was more

than an employee.

To my late wife and me

you felt more like part

of our family, so ...

I could not refuse.


"All my assets are to be

shared between the twins,

Jeanne and Simon Marwan."

"The money is to be equitably


"My furniture distributed by

mutual agreement."


"Notary Jean Lebel will

bury me without a coffin, naked

and without prayers."

"My face turned towards the ground,

my back against the world."

"Tombstone and Epitaph"

"No headstone is to be

placed on my grave

and my name engraved nowhere."

"No epitaph is deserved for those

who do not keep their promises."

"To Jeanne and Simon"

"Childhood is like a knife

stuck in the throat

which cannot be removed easily."

"Jeanne, notary Lebel will

hand you an envelope."

"This envelope is for your father."

"Find him

and hand him the envelope."

"Simon, the notary will

hand you an envelope."

I've heard enough.

Oh ... but it's not finished.


"Simon, the notary will

hand you an envelope."

"This envelope is for your brother."

"Find him and hand it to him."

"When these envelopes

have been handed

to their addressees, a

letter will be given to you."

"When the silence is broken,

and the promise kept

a stone may be placed

on my grave

and my name engraved on

the stone."

I admit it's a bit strange.

Is there stuff to sign?

No, not today.


Thank you, Jean.

- Shall we?

- Wait.

You know, the history

of our father.

You know, we have no brother.

Why did you let her write this?

I understand your surprise.

It's ... it's very surprising.

Stop pretending to be innocent!

We know that we speak of, there is

nothing surprising in this.

We did not make these

things up, Simon...

They are part of a will.

There's that, too.

Well, this morning your mother

gave us something rather special.

We'll sleep on it, then ...

We'll meet again, huh?

I'll wait outside.

Thank you, Jean.

Sit down, Simon.

Look, Jean ...

your secretary, she loved

working for you.

She did this well all her

life, congratulations.

Your secretary, however, was also

my mother.

Then her job as a mother,

that's another story.

Simon ...

You can bury your secretary

in any way you wish.

But my mother, I want her

buried in the normal way.

For once in your f***ing life

make it something normal.

This is not negotiable.

Take your time.

And come see me when Simon

has calmed down.

I know it's very unusual, but ...

your mother was not crazy, Jeanne.

We have a large family now.

She spoke of a traitor?

In a big family, there's always a dog.

How long will it be before we

find the traitor?

F***ing crazy woman!

I'll fix that with Jean.

Fix what?

We'll give her a

normal funeral.

We'll take care of her, then

I'll take care of you.

Where are you going?

You bury her any way you like!

Oh, stop!

You feel guilty because

you were not there

when she died.

You feel guilty because

you were there

when she had her accident.

You need to stop you feeling

guilty for everything!

I am not feeling guilty

about anything.

Do you realize the significance of

what he just read?

Well, she's gone!

It's over, I'm at peace!

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Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve, (French: [dəni vilnœv]; born October 3, 1967) is a French Canadian film director and writer. He is a four-time recipient of the Canadian Screen Award (formerly Genie Award) for Best Direction, for Maelström in 2001, Polytechnique in 2009, Incendies in 2011, and Enemy in 2014. The first three of these films also won the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Motion Picture. Internationally, he is best known for directing several critically acclaimed films, such as Prisoners (2013), Sicario (2015), Arrival (2016), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). In 2017, for his work on Arrival, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. more…

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