Burning ★★★★

It's remarkable how an offhand tangent in the first act can just stick with me and make me question everything the film presents from then on. It's the scene early on when Haemi explains her fascination with miming and how we can convince our brains that something exists when it isn't there. This existentialism of perception comes back when Jongsu struggles to find Haemi's cat... and then Haemi.

Lee Chang-dong is enamored by small details and crafts a slow-burn thriller that satisfies without giving any answers. I loved this. It's full of insightful moments. I really need to explore his filmography and revisit Peppermint Candy.

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