‘The Burning Plain’ movie review

The Burning Plain is an independent movie directed by Guillermo Arriaga, who also directed Amores Perros, Babel and 21 Grams, and starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger.

Because of the non-sequential narrative, it is very difficult to summarize The Burning Plain without giving anything away but the official website (http://www.burningplainmovie.com) has a synopsis which begins: “THE BURNING PLAIN is a romantic mystery about a woman on the edge who takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life”. However, if I were you, I would avoid reading the full website synopsis before watching the movie because part of the enjoyment of the movie is putting together the different segments until they form a continuous whole.

At first, I was unsure about the movie and the way in which the story is told but the lack of a sequential format does make it incredibly gripping. Initially, it seems as if the bunch of people in the movie are characters who are completely disconnected from each other but as it progresses, the story of each character unfolds and their relationships with each other are slowly revealed. 30 minutes into the movie and I was hooked on finding out what happens. It is a powerfully told indie gem which is well worth seeking out.

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