Burning ★★★★½

Original Title: 버닝
Year of Release: 2018
Genres: Drama; Mystery; Thriller
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Writers: Lee Chang-dong, Oh Jung-mi
Main Cast: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jun Jong-seo, Kim Soo-kyung, Choi Seung-ho, Moon Sung-keun

Burning very much feels like the most realistic David Lynch film I have seen. What starts off as a drama slowly turns into a mystery where there isn't truly a mystery. Or is there?

The film endlessly toys with the ideas of what's real and what isn't, and how simply thinking that something might be there makes you believe that it's true. It's about the doubts we face in life, and how we can never be truly sure of what is happening and what other people are thinking. It also deals with the contrast between rich Koreans who don't work but "play" and poorer ones who are forced to pick up the scraps.

It's a terrific film, with tremendous attention to detail in everything from sets to costumes, three fantastic lead performances, beautiful camerawork, and solid editing that slowly increases the tension and mystery over the 2h30m runtime without ever rushing. A damn great film, and truly one of the year's finest!

Story: 8
Directing: 9
Cinematography: 9
Acting: 9
Sound: 8.5
Visual Effects: 9


Violence & Gore: 6
Sex & Nudity: 6.5
Drugs & Profanity: 4
Intensity & Horror: 4

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