Sundance Movie Review: Incendiary

Incendiary

I caught the press screening of Incendiary yesterday, but I’m now reassessing the film through a whole new depressing angle. The film stars Michelle Williams as a mother who loses her husband and 4-year-old son in a suicide bombing at a North London Soccer game. Williams’ was not at the game because she was off having an affair with a man played by Ewan McGregor. The young mother’s world is torn apart, and the film deals with her insanity during this time of loss.

For those who don’t know, Williams was engaged to Heath Ledger, and even fathered his child Matilda. The couple broke up a few months back supposedly because they were spending too much time apart due of their  respective careers. I try not to delve into gossip on /Film, but a connection between the real life tragedy and the one shown in this story is all too similar, and personal. Williams performance is heart-wrenching, Academy Award worthy even, a tour-de-force. It’s too bad, because this film will likely now face insurmountable marketing problems. Even if it wasn’t for Ledger’s death, a depressing film like this is a hard sell for any movie distributor. I can’t stress enough how powerful Williams was in this film. Thinking about it, and Ledger, makes my eyes water…

/Film Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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Sundance 2008 Photo Preview: Part 1 – Premieres

Sundance 2008

The line-up for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival was announced earlier this week. I just got my hands on a boat load of photos from the films in this year’s festival. We actually have too many photos to feature in just one posting, so we have divided this feature into a few parts.

Our first segment in the series takes a look at the films in the Premiere category, which includes: Assassination of a High School President, Be Kind Rewind, CSNY Deja Vu, The Deal, Death In Love, Diminished Capacity, The Escapist, The Great Buck Howard, The Guitar, Henry Poole Is Here, In Bruges, Incendiary, The Merry Gentleman, A Raisin In The Sun, Savage Grace, Sleepwalking, Smart People, Towelhead, Transsiberian, U2 3D, The Visitor, What Just Happened?, The Year of Getting To Know Us, and The Yellow Handkerchief.

Also be sure to check out our Sundance 2008 Photo Previews for the Spectrum and U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Check out the photos after the jump. Click on the images to enlarge.

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