Cannes Film Fest 2018: Brurning–Highlight of Competition

South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, a highlight of the 2018 Cannes Film Fest, shown towards the end of the event, is a visually stunning romantic thriller.

The film takes its time in building personal, sexual, and social tensions, which describe the complex triangle of the deliberately elusive narrative: two rival men vying for the time, attention and affection of a charming young woman (femme fatale type).

The men are an aspiring writer and a rich business guy whose sexual jealousies are used by the director to reflect on broader factors, such as family background, social class, justice, and ultimately revenge.

But depicting the tale in thematic or characterization terms does not begin to describe the dreamlike, almost surreal tone of this impressively crafted picture in every department. 

 

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