Shin-ae moves to her recently late husband’s hometown. Despite her efforts to settle in this unfamiliar and too-normal place, she finds that she can’t fit in. After a sudden tragedy, Shin-ae turns to Christianity to relieve her pain, but when even this is not permitted, she wages a war against God.
With the latest film from Lee Chang-dong, Burning, opening in cinemas today, we’re reviving one of the South Korean auteur’s very best. A tremendously moving melodrama of grief driven by a prizewinning performance by Jeon Do-yeon, it showcases Lee’s exceptionally humane and engrossing storytelling.
This guy really never does miss. Korea's best Director and maybe the best handler of social drama in Cinema today. This picture is awe-inspiring and makes all the right moves in its depiction of the faulty nature of forgiveness in a world that isn't honest with itself
If this film made you think about issues of theodicy, grief, and recovery -- and/or if you wonder how it might be compared to the book of Job -- I'd be honored if you read an essay I wrote, published in the summer 2011 issue of the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture: http://tiny.cc/qfkiy
An outstanding work of art that requires mandatory viewing from everyone, regardless of their religion. This film realistically depicts faith, how easily it can be gained and how quickly it can be lost.