Burning ★★

A languid thriller that attempts to add gravitas and meaning through its direct nods to sociopolitical anxieties and subtle artistic flourishes. The moments where these choices works are sparse, and it is a shame, given the talent from the three leads.

I feel like the reception of this film can be paired accordingly to the male leads. One group will attach themselves to an interpretation that sticks, eagerly running in all directions to reach a conclusion that speaks to them. The other group will sit back, appreciate the art on display for a little while, yawn, and get back to whatever was going on their head with a smile.

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