Burning Man (2012)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 6
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Critic Reviews: 3
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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
Jul 27, 2012 Limited
Nov 27, 2012
IFC Films - Official Site
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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.
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.
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.
It's poetic, moving, powerful drama with the distinct directorial control of an artist being announced.
Teplitzky replaces meaningful silences and emotive strings with frenetic energy and alternate scene takes...
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.
As a complete package, Burning Man is very good, but a little too pristine to be great.
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.
a pot of revved-up and risqué drama with a soulful core simmering beneath the bombast.
Teplitzky's intimate, intricate connection to his content is key to the success of this powerful and poignant portrait.
Teplitzky's expressionist handling of all those wonderful contradictions is what makes Burning Man a resounding triumph.
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.
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.
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.
Oddly, for all its deep emotional touchstones and the profoundly sad plot, the film doesn't ignite the fires of our emotions
- Tom: Are you suggesting that there is some sort of attraction here?
- Tom: Is it funny now!?
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