Burning ★★★

I’m not entirely convinced that this is actually a good movie so much as it is an expert example of visually-dependant storytelling, especially for something that basks comfortably in the realms of psychological drama but poses as a thriller. There’s no denying that ambiguity plays an important role in the whole mystery-building aspect of this kind of cinema, but here it felt increasingly more frustrating rather than intriguing. It’s almost as if the audience is kept at a distance for too long and then when the final payoff finally does arrive, our brains have already run out of steam. If anything, it’s Lee Chang-dong’s passion for the essence of atmosphere that prevails in the end.

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