• The Burning Plain (2009)

The Burning Plain

Release Date: September 18th, 2009

DVD Release Date: January 12th, 2010

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

Production Co: Parkes/MacDonald

Keywords: Daughter, Marriage, Husband, Quest, Wife, Forbidden love, Mystery, Gripping, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    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

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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