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Aro Favourite Incendies


France / Canada 2010, 130 minutes
Dir. Denis Villeneuve
In French, Arabic, English with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama


“A wholly cinematic drama that combines twists and suspense with harrowing political insight.”~David Parkinson, Radio Times

Aroview: Twin siblings, against their better judgment, dig deeper into the backstory of their recently deceased mother in this powerful French Canadian tragidrama.

Holding our attention through an expertly unraveled narrative, the film’s masterful storytelling packs a punch like few other movies in recent memory. As with the layer-rich, politically charged foreign dramas that have emerged of late, coincidences – and by extension, contrivances – are manipulated into the plot in such a way that will surely be a turn off for some. If constructed like a perfect mathematical equation though, there’s enough heavyweight emotion and incident here – not to mention a stunningly delivered revelation – to forgive the calculated direction and deliberateness of the slow reveal. Explosive, rewarding stuff.

NZ International Film Festival 2011
Adopt-a-Movie Kindly Adopted by Trish Paino

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