Burden

2020

Burden

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When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy (Academy Award (R)-winner Forest Whitaker) resolves to do everything in his power to prevent long-simmering racial tensions from boiling over. But the members of Kennedy's congregation are shocked to discover that his plan includes sheltering Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a Klansman whose relationships with both a single-mother (Andrea Riseborough) and a high-school friend (Usher Raymond) force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs. After Kennedy helps Mike leave behind his violent past, the Baptist preacher finds himself on a collision course with manipulative KKK leader Tom Griffin (Tom Wilkinson). In the face of grave threats to himself and his family, the resolute Kennedy bravely pursues a path toward peace, setting aside his own misgivings in the hopes of healing his wounded community. From Oscar (R)-nominated filmmaker Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club) and writer/director Andrew Heckler comes this dramatic true story of compassion and grace in the American South.

Cast

Garrett Hedlund
as Mike Burden
Forest Whitaker
as Rev. Kennedy
Tom Wilkinson
as Tom Griffin
Crystal Fox
as Janice Kennedy
Usher Raymond
as Clarence Brooks
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Critic Reviews for Burden

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (6)

  • Production design from Stephanie Hamilton is another highlight, and the film feels pulled directly out of a very specific time and place; Jeremy Rouse's cinematography is gorgeous without being at all showy.

    Jan 31, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
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  • Its narrative focus leans the movie toward having more of a white-savior complex, even though that does make Garrett Hedlund's portrayal of Burden a very complicated type of hero.

    Jan 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Hedlund leans so heavily on Mike's bobbing physicality that the audience nearly gets seasick. Still, it's an unselfish performance from a strong young actor who's been devoting his career to tough parts that don't ask for applause.

    Jan 25, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Amy Nicholson

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  • The writer-director's inexperience behind the camera is all too evident, as the painful but ultimately cathartic tale bumps along for more than two hours without ever finding an aesthetic form.

    Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, and Forrest Whittaker give good to great performances. In a world that is becoming increasingly divided over arbitrary things, it's good to see an example of love overcoming hate.

    Sep 2, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • t's an intriguing tale that's fairly well-told, and the performances more than pick up the slack whenever it veers a little too sharply into corny territory.

    Jan 31, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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