Burning

Burning ★★★★★

This is my first venture into the work of well regarded South Korean director Lee Chang-dong. Burning is a meditative and hypnotic psychological thriller that effectively explores themes of Class structure, loneliness and Obsession. I've said similar things in several write-ups but here I especially don't want to go into plot points at all for a film that I now consider to be one of the true undisputed masterpieces of modern cinema. If you haven't seen it I definitely recommend approaching this film as blindly as possible, what I will say is that it's a masterful character study and the performances from Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun and Jeon Jong-seo are all incredible in their own ways. It's a very metaphorical film where we are never told too much, it's very subtle in it's storytelling and for me I was always gripped as I was second guessing everything that was happening and in the end we're given enough possibilities to keep us thinking long after the end credits and I absolutely love that. The cinematography is gorgeous and the score is fittingly haunting and it all results into a film that is melancholic and disturbing yet uniquely beautiful.

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