Burning / 버닝

What the fuck

YES

Release date: May 17, 2018
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Language: Korean

Who should see this movie: Fans of “psychological thrillers.” Fans of Steven Yeun. 

When should you see this movie: When you want to watch something scary but your friend(s) but hate horror movies 

The sell: This is one of the most disorienting movies not about drugs that I have ever seen. In part because the building intensity and anxious tone seem to be coming from nowhere. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s so alarming about the story. Chaos enters the otherwise quiet life of Jong-su in the form of Hae-mi – an old classmate – and subsequently her mysteriously wealthy friend Ben. The challenge is that none of them are reliable narrators and the stories that float between them are never corroborated. Thus truth and fiction are blurred, and the uncertainty is never reconciled. Social lines of class and gender are blurred as well, contributing to the overall sense of chaos and unpredictability. Burning is an aesthetic triumph, showcasing some of the most gorgeous cinematography in film to date, but it left me with a bad taste in my mouth along with the certainty that it is one of the best movies I have ever seen.

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