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BURNING

A masterly and mysterious slow-burning suspense drama, Lee Chang-Dong’s follow-up to Poetry was one of the standouts at this year’s Cannes (where it won the FIPRESCI Prize). 

Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, Jong-soo is a country boy now living in Seoul with dreams of becoming a writer. One day he bumps into Haemi (Jeon Jong-seo), a childhood friend from his hometown. As the two start to grow fond of each other / begin a relationship, Haemi asks Jong-su to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When she asks him to meet her at the airport, he’s put out to find her in the company of wealthy and charismatic Ben. 

With pitch perfect performances from its three leads and the building tension handled with grace and precision, this is a beautifully executed and richly enigmatic thriller. 

“Sex, envy and pyromania make for a riveting mystery in Lee Chang-dong’s masterfully crafted Murakami adaptation” Peter Bradshaw”THE GUARDIAN