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Burning(버닝)

Jongsu, a quiet delivery boy and aspiring writer, is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, an eccentric girl who once lived in his neighborhood. They quickly connect, and she asks if he'd mind looking after her cat while she's away in Africa. Upon her return, she introduces Jongsu to an enigmatic young man whom she met during her trip. One day this man tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby...
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The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

Burning simmers. For nearly two-and-a-half perfectly measured hours, it turns up the heat without boiling over: a drama becoming a thriller in slow motion, intensifying little by little minute by minute, until finally it reaches a shocking, powerful crescendo.
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Burning keeps twisting back on itself, charting the path of a man waking up to the world, only to find that it won’t stop messing with him.
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Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

Burning is a character study that morphs, with masterly patience, subtlety and nary a single wasted minute, into a teasing mystery and eventually a full-blown thriller.
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Variety by Peter Debruge

The degree to which Burning succeeds will depend largely on one’s capacity to identify with the unspoken but strongly conveyed sense of jealousy and frustration its lower-class protagonist feels, coupled with a need to impose some sense of order on events beyond our control.
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The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

Burning might not have a huge amount going on below its gorgeous surface, but it drags the viewer along with all the seductive intrigue of a frothy page-turner.
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Screen International by Tim Grierson

Once again, Lee has crafted a film of wondrous complexity and inscrutability. The more we see in Burning, the less sure we are of what we are watching.
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The Telegraph by Tim Robey

This is Lee’s closest ever film to a thriller, but it defies expectations, offering multiple, murky solutions to a set of mysteries at once.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

This is a beautifully crafted film loaded with glancing insights and observations into an understated triangular relationship, one rife with subtle perceptions about class privilege, reverberating family legacies, creative confidence, self-invention, sexual jealousy, justice and revenge.

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