The most acclaimed Canadian movie of the year, Incendies,  finally finds its way to DVD today.  That should be enough for you to want to see it, but I know you and I know Canadian audiences  and unless the movie features curlers or a trailer park, you probably aren’t going to feel the urgency to see this movie.   That’s why I thought I’d do a little compiling of my own, so you can have a ton of evidence to justify your decision to see Incendies, should you need one.

  • 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.  (Higher than any of the ten Best Picture nominees.)
  • Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture.
  • Winner of 8 Genie awards including Best Picture.
  • Best Canadian Film at TIFF 2010.
  • Named Top Film of 2010 by The Toronto Star.

It’s hard to argue with that much acclaim.

I get that sometimes it’s hard to support Canadian film productions.  They don’t usually have the huge budgets that American movies do.  But I think that works to our advantage.  That means there aren’t hundreds of people needlessly involved, diluting the story.  If you going to start dipping your toes into Canadian films, I can’t imagine a better place to start than Incendies. You can thank me later.

Mike Morrison

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