BURNING is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi (newcomer Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and then, Ben (Steven Yeun, The Walking Dead, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU), a wealthy and sophisticated young man Haemi returns from a trip with. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale.
“Lee Chang-dong who pretty much torched the competition...a quietly riveting stunner that marks this South Korean writer-director’s first return to filmmaking, and to Cannes, since his prize-winning 2010 drama, POETRY...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. To reveal more would ruin the story’s slow-building pleasures, which are less about the haunting final destination than the subtle, razor-sharp microcurrents of class rage, family-inherited pain.” —Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times “...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… A story of class, memory, secrets, and the ease with which certain people can disappear while others hide their motives in plain sight… It is as unforgettable as anything I’ve seen this year and I can’t wait to see it again.” —Brian Tallerico, roger.ebert.com
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