Burning Man (2012)
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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.
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Audience Reviews for Burning Man
beautifully filmed and good performances..the editing was kinda annoying to me,so my interest faded in and out of the story, but it was still touching.
"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.
It comes full circle to explain the beginning at the end as a closure...kind of reminds me of those country songs who use the same song lyrics at the beginning and the end so you know the song is over. I happen to find that irritating. The way that the movie jumped around in a non linear way did keep my attention if for no other reason other to explain some of the bizarre things that Tom does- like going into a catatonic state every time he sees a lobster. Gotta hang around to figure that one out. Considering the emotional subject of this movie I should not have cared more about finding out what was up with the lobster than about what happened to the people in the story. After I watched it I was left wondering what the title meant and did a quick search for what a Burning Man is and found that it actually is a very fitting title. I wanted to like it more but just couldn't. If it was more linear then I feel like I probably would have been able to connect with the characters and care about them more.
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