Q: When will there be peace in the Middle East?
Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies" is a GO WATCH NOW proposition, at least until a jarring contrivance takes us from "thoughtful political mystery" into "All My Children" territory, (seriously, Villeneuve might as well have had someone's evil twin fall down an elevator shaft. "OR WAS HE PUSHED?!?" *dum dum DUM*) An adaptation of a play by Wajdi Mouawad,"Incendies" is also theatrical in its coincidences and its inspirations: it is basically a Middle Eastern variation on "Oedipus Rex." Mostly set in an unnamed war-torn country which I could not identify and my general ignorance classifies as a "messed-up sandy place where Christians and Muslims are killing each other" (I think it's Lebanon?) the movie follows Canadian twins Jeanne and Simon (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin and Maxim Gaudette) as they try to fulfill the bizarre request made by her mother (Lubna Azabal) before her death: that they should travel to "messed-up sandy place where Christians and Muslims are killing each other" to look for a father and a brother they knew nothing about. As in "Oedipus Rex," the discoveries that await them are horrifying and, honestly, they should have just stayed home and given up on the quest. Ignorance is the happy healing band-aid on the cuts you didn't know you had. Don't people read Greek theater anymore? Sometimes, you're better off not knowing ALL about your mother.