In the movie Incendies, when Simon get to know about his brother from warlord, to tell his sister Jeanne about the brother he asks her

"One plus one, does it make one?"

I understood what he was trying to say from her sister expression and later parts of movie but didn't get it at that moment. How does his sister understood what he meant to say by just this phrase?


This is my theory that these kids are intelligent and the normal way they communicate with each other like solving puzzles, but anyway "One plus one, does it make one?" means

they are looking for 2 guys one is their father and one is their mother's lost child i.e their elder brother. So in their perspective 1 guy is Father and 1 guy is Elder brother (in their mother's perspective 1 guy is Father of her children and 1 guys is her son). "One plus one, does it make one?" means "Both are same" not like a question or saying that is something which gives them so much weight to take and accept. 1+1=1!

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