Running time 2h 28min | Directed by Chang-dong Lee | South Korea | Drama, mystery
BURNING tells the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience. Jongsu bumps into an old friend, Haemi, on a part-time delivery job. Haemi asks Jongsu to take care of her cat while she leaves on a trip to Africa. When she returns, Haemi introduces Jongsu to Ben (Steven Yeun), a man she met in Africa. One day, Ben and Haemi pay Jongsu a visit, and Ben reveals his secret interests to Jongsu.
Lee plays the actors off one another to create a compelling exploration of human nature.
Sonia Rao | Washington Post | Full review
Not only does Burning subvert the expectations of pacing and storytelling when it comes to the genre, Lee also takes pride in padding out his characters, deeply diving into their psyches and letting the audience immerse themselves into their oddball lives.
Jenny Nulf | Austin Chronicle | Full review