Friday, June 17, 2011

INCENDIES (Denis Villeneuve, 2010)

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Canada
Essentially a grand tragedy of a nearly extinct, hysterical kind - so hysterical, in fact, that an entire country has to be invented, along with a decade-spanning cycle of warfare and unspeakable faith-fueled brutality, purely to accommodate the stomach-churning plot. Squalid middle-Eastern milieus, socio-political jabs, relentless brain-spattering, massacres, abstractly angsty twentysomething audience surrogates - all sorts of grim things and atrocities are stitched into the astoundingly far-fetched plot in order to render it plausible. And scarily, this works. A sadistic soap opera that should be banal and offensive comes out absurdly compelling.

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