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Burning Man (2012)

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Burning Man is the reckless, sexy, funny, moving and ultimately life-affirming story of Tom, a British chef in a Bondi restaurant, who seems to have decided there are no longer any rules he needs to obey. Whatever Tom is up to, his actions seem to be tolerated by those around him. As Tom descends into darkness, fragments of a different story begin to emerge. All the women in his world are trying in their own, very different ways to help put him back together. -- (C) Official Site

Nov 27, 2012

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

Foodies looking for a good cry, bon appétit.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Burning Man leans heavily on a scrambled chronology, and likewise feels tonally mixed up, but it certainly does keep you guessing.

July 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The extremity of the film's slice-and-dice approach is invigorating at the outset but may also prompt viewers to suspect they're being challenged for no good reason.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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It does reward the dedicated with a searing portrait of a man struggling with perspective, hunting for a way to bring himself back from the edge and prove himself to a world waiting for him. There's genuine beauty beneath the bustle.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Teplitzky replaces meaningful silences and emotive strings with frenetic energy and alternate scene takes...

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Fuelled by confident direction and awe inspiring performances, Burning Man is an uncompromising exploration of how one man's grief leads him on a destructive and soul searching path to acceptance.

November 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

As a complete package, Burning Man is very good, but a little too pristine to be great.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

The emotional payoff is undermined by the structural play -- a strategy that distracts rather than enhances.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comment (1)
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

If this film was a car, I'd say it was over-engineered. The jangling mosaic goes on so long we lose sympathy with the main character.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

a pot of revved-up and risqué drama with a soulful core simmering beneath the bombast.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Crikey

Teplitzky's intimate, intricate connection to his content is key to the success of this powerful and poignant portrait.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

Teplitzky's expressionist handling of all those wonderful contradictions is what makes Burning Man a resounding triumph.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

It's an interesting but failed experiment.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Unfortunately, the answers to these questions turn out to be less involving than Teplitzky's methods in asking them.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Comment (1)
The Age (Australia)

The resounding positive of Burning Man is the first-class performance of Goode in the lead role, which truly leaves a lasting mark whenever the film takes its biggest risks.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Matthew Goode delivers a wonderful performance as Tom. He's a character that you want to sympathise with but he makes it difficult with some of his not-so-likeable outbursts.

November 16, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

A highly imaginative, deeply moving and incredibly brave film, boosted by a lead performance so intense, you'd swear the man's from another planet.

November 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

Oddly, for all its deep emotional touchstones and the profoundly sad plot, the film doesn't ignite the fires of our emotions

November 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This is a powerful and moody film that delves into the A to Z of life, exploring love, death, sex, parenthood, frustration and acceptance

November 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It packs such an emotional wallop this film.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

A film that will shock you with its honesty and its bravery. I can't wait to see it again.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Burning Man

'Burning Man'. Matthew Goode is commanding in this tale of love and loss, told in disjointed fashion. The car crash was a thing of beauty.
November 19, 2011
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"Burning Man" starts with Tom(Matthew Goode), a cook, failing to be able to masturbate to orgasm in front of Lesley(Kate Beahan). His day only gets worse when he is involved on the wrong end of a car accident which actually looks it might be serious enough to cook him in his own juices, especially considering he had been shopping for groceries just beforehand. That gives him a lot of time to think back on the birthday party for his eight year old son Oscar(Jack Heanly) and how it all went wrong.

"Burning Man" is a challenging and engaging stream of consciousness movie. Unlike say "Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime," which gets hung up on a wonky time travel plot, "Burning Man" has no such distractions. It is only concerned with the relationships between characters which while possibly confusing at first, eventually become clear, along with Tom's motivations and fixations, on the way to finding the tragedy at the heart of his life. Abd underlining that is Matthew Goode who shows that he can play volatile characters just as well as the restrained characters he usually plays.
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