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R| 1 hr. 46 min.

Plot Summary
In the present, Sylvia (Charlize Theron) appears to lead a confident life as a restaurant manager but she cleverly hides her promiscuity, self-mutilation, and suicidal impulses. In the past a young girl named Mariana (Jennifer Lawrence) tries to figure out why her mother (Kim Basinger) began an affair as she enters into a relationship with the son of her mother's lover. The threads of these dysfunctional lives are increasingly tied into a potent knot.

Cast: Charlize Theron , Kim Basinger , Jennifer Lawrence , Joaquim de Almeida , John Corbett , Robin Tunney , Brett Cullen , Danny Pino

Director: Guillermo Arriaga

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

The Burning Plain (2008)

Release Date: September 18th, 2009|1 hr. 46 min.

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  • The main drawbacks of The Burning Plain are its intentionally coy narrative and a zero-hour revelation that's ill-thought-out and generates some pretty chintzy psychobabble. It's the wobbliest element in an admirable, complex and frustrating movie. show more

  • For a film that strives so hard to show the sheer messiness of real people's lives, Burning Plain does have an impossibly neat ending. show more

  • All the actresses, especially Theron, are appropriately haunted, but let's hope Arriaga's love of echoes, fate and coincidence has run its mopey course. show more

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  • March 01, 2010 Daze
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    This is a great movie, It keeps you interested and keeps you wondering. Great acting overall. I really enjoyed this little film. I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a great plot along with good editing and music. A MUST see.

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