Enfant du Siècle’s review published on Letterboxd:
Lee Jong-su is a solitary aspiring writer who inadvertently reunites with Shin Hae-mi, a beautiful free-spirited girl who used to be a neighbor in the province near North Korea where they used to live. Although she is about to travel to Africa, both discover a certain affinity and attraction; however, upon her return, she is accompanied by Ben, a mysterious and wealthy man with a strange passion. Thus a triangle is formed between these characters, until one day Hae-mi disappears.
Burning begins as some kind of romantic drama that gradually turns into a thriller in which certain pieces begin to fit. It is a meticulously constructed story, with a slow rhythm, covered in mystery and ambiguity that possesses a couple of scenes of great beauty and good performances by the cast. Lee Chang-Dong also presents a subtle portrait of current South Korean society and the difference between social classes as well as the dichotomy between the countryside and the capitalist city and the existencial crisis of the youth.
Burning is one of those works that hypnotize the viewer and whose effect does not fade soon, it acquires strength and continues to fascinate days later.