Do you like watching movies that are tough to get out of your head ? Chang-dong Lee's "BURNING" is that kind of a film. 🌸 I was lucky enough to watch this Korean film during the Mumbai film festival and since then, I have been thinking a lot about it. Recently, I watched it for the second time and it left me with more questions than answers. 🌸 In this film, Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confess his secret hobby. 🌸 The film is based on the short story "Barn Burning" by Haruki Murakami. 🌸 Official submission of South Korea for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. 🌸 The scene in which the main characters talk at Jong-su's house was filmed for about a month. They were only able to shoot for a few minutes every day to capture the twilight on camera.
With a runtime of over 2.5 hours, BURNING is a slow, yet mysterious film which demands the viewer to have patience while watching it. Frankly speaking, I did get slightly bored while watching the film for the first time. But, after watching it again, I realized that everything that I considered to be unnecessary in the film, was an important detail. It blew my mind! Every scene is crucial. The director has used long takes and thrilling music to make the viewing experience just....spectacular! It is that kind of a film which requires to be watched more than once, to appreciate its beauty. Truly, a MASTERPIECE!