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Canadian Film: Incendies!

  • Sep 15, 2012 · 7:30 PM
  • Downtown Tempe

Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, September 15 (read further for film synopsis)! Because of limited space, the event is limited to the first twelve individuals who RSVP Yes. If you don't get a seat in time, feel free to sign up on the waiting list to receive an automatic RSVP seat and e-mail notification in the event of a cancellation (last minute cancellations are not uncommon so watch your e-mail closely, especially the last week & day before an event). We are right on the rail! Those who RSVP will receive the Downtown Tempe address (and directions for railing or driving in) over e-mail the day before.

There is no cover charge and free parking, but we ask that you bring a finger-food hors d'oeuvre (as opposed to a munchie - no chips/cookies/desserts etc. please) for twelve and a bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic bubbly) to share. Dessert will be provided. (Other notes about hor d'oeuvres, ovens & such appear under the group description "Read More About Us" tab on the left side of our home page.) If you RSVP Yes and later find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to No as soon as possible (preferably a week in advance or sooner) so someone on the waiting list to be notified in time to change their plans. Please arrive no later than 7:50 (7:30 please if you need to heat an hors d'oeuvre yet). The movie will begin promptly at 8:00.

So bon appetit in both the mental and culinary realms!

Incendies (2010) is a highly disturbing film about a Canadian-Lebanese woman who goes into shock one day, does not speak for five years, then dies. She leaves two letters and two startling revelations for her adult twins. They are to deliver one letter to their father (who they had been led to believe had died before their birth); the other to a brother (of whom they were unaware). In a quest to the Middle East to find their father and brother, they learn about their tangled roots which their mother had kept hidden, the strong and stoic woman they never knew and, finally, what sent her into catatonic shock the last years of her life.

The film won best foreign film in many festivals around the globe and was nominated in that category for an Oscar. I found it to be extraordinarily crafted and emotionally brutal. It takes time to deal with the shattering conclusion of this film, and its message of how victims are shaped by the atrocities of their past haunted me long after viewing. It is based on the French play of the same title (which translates as "Scorched").

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A very exciting and suspenseful "search for the truth" film that plays out like a greek tragedy with many twists and turns.

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Disturbing movie! and therefore worthwhile and entertaining, of course. Loved it, as always! Excellent food! There is a strange credit in the movie that Lynda mentioned. I researched it as soon as I returned home. I saw it mentioned on the Internet but could find no explanation. I'll keep looking!

    September 16, 2012

  • Belinda

    Great movie! :-)

    August 12, 2012

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