Incendies – Movie Review

Rating: 4.5/5

What IMDB says –



Disturbing, gripping, revealing.

The story starts from societal issue of the protagonist, Nawal Marwan, being a single mother and traverses through various emotions, hardships and stark realities of the world, her world.

The notary officer, for whom Nawal worked for 18 years as a secretary, delivers two envelopes to her kids, the twin brother and sister, after she dies of a stroke. One envelope reads “For your father” and the other reads “For your brother”. The kids are in a shock after they come to know that they have another brother. The boy, having hatred in his heart for their mother, denies doing anything with those envelopes and thinks of moving on with their lives. However the sister is sensitive and thinks of following the trail back to their mother’s past and dig the links as their mother’s last wish. The story starts from here.

The plot is set in an imaginary place named “Daresh”. After being impregnated by her lover and after her family comes to know about this, her brothers kill her lover and almost killed Nawal too. The grandmother somehow pities on her and asks her to deliver the child. The grandmother then asks her to leave the village and move to town, without the kid as she gives away the kid, the village not being safe for Nawal anymore. Nawal moves into city, starts working with University’s radio station, learns French but the desire to find the whereabouts of her child is still burning within her. With the same desire she starts tracking back her child and comes to know that the kid was given to an orphanage in South (a place dreaded to be full with extremists).

She then gets caught for killing a Nationalist politician and spends 15 years in jail. The movie talks about her sufferings while being a single mother, being away from her child, being in jail and being in a society so full with hatred and revenge. Her ordeal in keeping a secret, facing the torture and yet forgive the torturer, a shocking revelation at the end and above all be rational about everything is captured very beautifully in the movie. The movie also shows us what kind of world surrounds us and we have no idea of. See this movie to watch what a woman have to go through in a life in extreme situations and what being a mother means. Not surprised that the movie was nominated for Oscar in 2011 and has won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Like Crazy (2011) – Movie Review…

As the name suggests, it’s a crazy movie. It successfully portrays the emotional turmoil between the mind when in relationship (before and after marriage, both).

Love is imperfection’s another angle. I mean love is never perfect. Love beholds both, the feeling of hatred, betrayal and feeling of affection. The occurrence and emphasis on these two points decides whether your love is sweet of sour. This point has been portrayed nicely in this movie.

A British girl, studying in US, falls in love with American guy. The love flourishes and she overstays the Student Visa, thus violating the visa and bringing on the ban to visit US. The love birds didn’t want to separate but the time making them stay apart. The “need”, both emotional as well as physical, makes both of them be with people, other than each others.

The betrayal,

The affection

These are the two main forces guiding the couple. Every time they take refuge of one force, the other one gets stronger, thus making it a see-saw of emotions. But as they say, a glass and a trust, once broken cannot be mended perfectly. It cannot be brought back to its original form.

I hope the message the director wants to give from this movie is, always weigh your options and don’t give up easily to temptations. The real character will always yield favorable conditions and will bring happiness ultimately, though a bit late.

Nothing much to talk about in the movie, It’s a slow paced movie but the actress Felicity Jones is beautiful though. She looks very cute. The English accent really brings a nice touch to the dialogue delivery. It’s a soothing touch. The background scores are perfectly composed to complement the situation.

My Rating – 3/5 ( ♥ ♥ ♥ )

If you are interested in seeing romantic movie, this one is, I won’t say a Must watch, but a one time watch for sure.