In the fifth episode of Can’t Stop the Movies’ special retrospective on the works of Denis Villeneuve, Andrew Hathaway and I sit down with the director’s 2010 Oscar nominated film Incendies. Adapted from the play Wajdi Mouawad, the film follows the journey of twins, Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette), as they travel to the Middle East to uncover the family they never knew existed. It is a task that will not only expose many secrets about their mother’s (Lubna Azabal) life prior to immigrating to Canada, but will also force the siblings to confront some dark truths about their heritage.
Tackling the themes of family, faith, war and the unwavering power of a mother’s love, Incendies is a thriller that provided this week’s discussion with much food for thought. Give the episode a listen below, or you can find it on iTunes and other place where you consume podcasts, to find out what we each thought of this powerful film.