20. The Illusionist (B)
21. The French Connection (B+)
22. Network (A+)
23. Incendies (A+)
One of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars, the fifth Canadian film to be nominated - it was probably the runner-up at the ceremony; and it just swept the Genie Awards, winning eight, including Picture, Director, and Actress (most of what it didn't win was won Barney's Version
). The title translates as Scorched
, but much like Les Miserables
, the French word comes across well enough on its own. It's the story of two Lebanese-Canadian twins who are informed on their mother's death that their father and heretofore-unmentioned brother are still alive in Lebanon, from whence mom fled during the civil war. They go on a quest to find out their family history, and the search is intercut with their mom's history. Writer-director Denis Villeneuve, one of new top guns of French Canadian cinema, does a great job with this; the pieces of the story come together remarkably well. Sophocles would have admired the finale.