The film takes a while to get going and its narrative style isn't exactly its strongest suit. But the characters and their interpersonal relationships are fascinating in how real they are, and there isn't a bad performance in the bunch. I can't say I love the film or that it perfectly held my attention at all times, but I recommend seeing it, especially if this sort of family drama is up your alley.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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Denis Villeneuve may be our best modern director, and "Incendies" may be his best film. It's also among the most difficult to watch, and not because it is mainly in French. It tells the tragic story of a mother and her children as they discover the truth about who they are. Gorgeously shot and startlingly well acted, it is among the best films this decade has to offer. And it is deeply affecting; I know I'll be haunted by this one for a long time.