Burning ★★★★★

The first time reading 'Barn Burning' by Haruki Murakami, I wouldn't have thought it was possible to adapt the short story to big screen. Until 'Burning' arrived, a South Korean film that is so captivating it successfully paved its way to Oscar 2019's shortlist.

The story follows 3 central characters: Lee Jongsu -- an aspiring writer with pent up anger, Shin Haemi -- a lively yet lonely young woman, and Ben -- your typical wealthy man with mysterious charm. Their journey is soaked with poetic gestures, jealousy, revenge, and devoid emotions in equilibrium.

Though it's not a word-by-word adaptation, director Lee Chang-dong managed to translate the narrative into a slow burn suspense drama. It's best to not take every dialogue literally, for they represent clues to reveal the final mystery. There's just so much depth than what meets the eye!

The airtight atmosphere throughout the film is supported by beautiful cinematography and memorable scenes (still can't get Haemi's bird dance out of my head) and fantastic cast (the deadly charismatic Steve Yeeun? Mindblown). Overall Burning is an achingly gorgeous film that will blow even the hopeless romantic away. IT'S LIT!!!!!!!! (pun intended)

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