In "Enemy's" opening minutes," Canadian director Denis Villeneuve signals that his film will pose a conundrum more than a story. Text on screen announces, "Chaos is order yet undeciphered." After a subsequent scene of some vague sexual display, the plot becomes more straightforward while remaining tantalizingly elusive. "Enemy" remains a film for viewers who like intriguing, but puzzling experiences.
"Prisoners" is a challenging film with so many twists and turns that director Denis Villeneuve told the audience at the Telluride Film Festival, where "Prisoners" premiered, that no one should leave for the film's two and a half hours or they'd risk missing crucial details. He wasn't kidding, and no, I won't give anything away here.
French Canadian writer/director Denis Villeneuve begins Incendies with a riveting opening image and sustains intensity for its two hours ten minute running time. Translated as Scorched, Incendies hinges on twin adult siblings Jeanne and Simon Marwan. At the reading of their mother's will, they learn to their total astonishment that their father is alive and that they have a brother.