On the Shelf: Incendiary

I enjoy a good movie as much as anyone, but I haven’t been to a movie theater in nearly a year. Instead, I’ve watched every movie (and TV series) on my “must see” list (free of charge, in the comfort of my own home!), compliments of the Harris County Public Library’s vast collection of DVDs. I’ve also happened upon movies (and TV series) that weren’t on my list, most recently the British film, Incendiary.

The DVD case caught my eye with the teasers “from the director of ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’” and “the truth can blow you apart.” Photos of a bomb blast, a loving couple and a mother and child running happily on a beach had me taking a closer look. A thriller with a “riveting and heartfelt performance” by Michelle Williams, costarring Ewan McGregor and Matthew MacFadyen – yes, here was a movie that might hold my attention until the final credits rolled.
In fact, Incendiary was less a thriller and more – so very much more – the story of a mother’s courage and resilience in the face of devastating loss. I admit to shedding more than a few tears before the movie ended, but this thoughtful, thought-provoking, life-affirming film was one of the more satisfying ones I’ve seen lately.