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Burning (Beoning) (2018)


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Critic Consensus: Burning patiently lures audiences into a slow-burning character study that ultimately rewards the viewer's patience -- and subverts many of their expectations.

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BURNING tells the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience. Jongsu bumps into an old friend, Haemi, on a part-time delivery job. Haemi asks Jongsu to take care of her cat while she leaves on a trip to Africa. When she returns, Haemi introduces Jongsu to Ben, a man she met in Africa. One day, Ben and Haemi pay Jongsu a visit, and Ben reveals his secret interests to Jongsu.


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Burning actually justifies its running time by slowly building paranoid atmosphere before an explosive, hauntingly ambiguous finale.

October 18, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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As it dips into murder-mystery territory, then something more quiet and philosophical, Chang-dong writes a story both expected and surprising.

September 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A movie that makes you reconsider all the other times you called movies haunting because this one gets under your skin in completely unexpected ways.

September 7, 2018 | Full Review…

"Burning" is a character study that morphs, with masterly patience, subtlety and nary a single wasted minute, into a teasing mystery and eventually a full-blown thriller.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Lee Chang-dong's dexterity with the telling minutiae of human interactions ensures that Burning makes for an emotionally gripping film.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Burning keeps twisting back on itself, charting the path of a man waking up to the world, only to find that it won't stop messing with him.

May 17, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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