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The Burning Plain

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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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 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

  • An ambitious, visually handsome production which fails to ignite. show more

  • Told chronologically, it might have accumulated considerable power. Told as a labyrinthine tangle of intercut timelines and locations, it is a frustrating exercise in self-indulgence by writer-director Guillermo Arriaga. 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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