Burning (Beo-ning) 2.0 stars

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A pretty young woman (Jong-seo Jeon) whose goal in life it is to become a pantomime artist so that she may pretend to eat tangerines whenever she pleases, asks a troubled former classmate (Ah-In Yoo) to look after a cat she may or may not own. To his surprise, she returns from her African sojourn with a jealousy-inducing replacement fella (Steven Yeun) in tow. One person’s “slow-burner” is another’s slog. This high-concept/ low- performance art film is so far out my wheelhouse that I spent more time staring at the clock above the TV than the image on it. There are moments of brilliance to be found — the way in which the sun bounces off Seoul Tower was nothing short of sublime — but not enough to justify the 148-minute running time. And for a film that tires so hard to subvert standard methods of storytelling, the action that climaxes the film comes as a cheat, a commercial concession of the lowest order. 2018.

Scott Marks

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