Monday, October 03, 2022

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Incendies (2010)

Notary Jean Lebel: Will of Mrs. Nawal Marwan... To Notary Jean Lebel: Bury me with no casket, no prayers, naked, face down, away from the world. Stone and epitaph. I want no gravestone, nor my name engraved anywhere. No epitaph for those who don't keep their promises. To Jeanne and Simon: Childhood is a knife stuck in your throat. It can't be easily removed. Jeanne, Mr Lebel will give you an envelope. The envelope is for your father. Find him, and give it to him. Simon, the notary will give you an envelope... The envelope is for your brother. Find him, and give him the envelope. When the envelopes have been delivered you will be given a letter. The silence will be broken, a promise kept, and you can place a stone on my grave and on it engrave my name in the sun.

A happy 55th birthday to the great Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve today! Part of me is sad that we've lost at least half a decade of movies from Denis in exchange for the Dune films, but I did like Dune a lot so "lost" isn't exactly on point. I'd prefer more movies like Enemy from him -- dozens of weird little Enemys! But he might be the man making the most interesting blockbusters right now and the Dune world certainly allows him the opportunity to channel some of that Enemy weirdness into it. So we'll allow it!

Anyway I've still never seen Incendies -- it's been on my list for ges and ages. Well since Enemy I suppose. I love one part of the quoted passage a whole lot though -- "Childhood is a knife stuck in your throat. It can't be easily removed." Indeed.

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