Burning (Beoning) (2018)


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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Lee Chang-dong's "Burning" will leave you breathless.

Dec 13, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The film paints vivid portraits of three distinct characters and inspires sympathy with a bewildered protagonist; moreover, it depicts a particular social milieu in such a way that one comes to see it as existing beyond the subjects' control.

Nov 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A languorous, catlike psychological puzzle from one of the essential international masters, Lee Chang-dong...

Nov 29, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This absorbing, if fitfully frustrating, portrait of love, obsession and jealousy is rarely less than fascinating. It's also a fine showcase for Steven Yeun ("The Walking Dead"), who proves he's much more than a Happy Meal for zombies.

Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The kind of movie whose takeaways you could spend hours debating and still feel miles away from being sure of anything at all.

Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A beautifully cryptic slow burner that lingers long in the senses.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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