Set in the present, the movie involves the complicated, increasingly fraught relationships among three characters whose lives are tragically engulfed as desire gives way to rage. The story has the quality of a mystery thriller — somebody goes missing, somebody else tries to figure out why — one accompanied by the drumbeat of politics. The larger, more agonizing question here, though, involves what it means to live in a divided, profoundly isolating world that relentlessly drives a wedge between the self and others.
As a child Mendes witnessed his father and fellow rubber-tappers stand by as a union organizer burned to death at the hands of federal soldiers. Determined to make a better future Business execs, cattlemen like Darli Alves Tomas Milian and bent politician Orlavo Galvao Tony Plana form a consortium to clear Amazon forests for a lucrative road project to benefit ranch and military transport.
The film came to Berlin without much fanfare and was programmed in the Panorama section rather than in the main competition. Cert TBC; mins. Affleck is an Oscar winner but his reputation took a severe hit following allegations of sexual harassment against him. Light of my Life came to Berlin without much fanfare and was programmed in the Panorama section rather than in the main competition.
Yoo spends much of the film with his mouth almost perpetually agape, as if he were desperately trying to swallow the air around him or stuck on trying to articulate what he really thinks. Lee is a social realist whose work is still loaded with symbolism that verges on the poetic. By its conclusion, Burning has broken through its zero-sum late-capitalist confines in order to invest aesthetic grandeur to the quotidian, and in disquietingly sublime fashion.
When it comes to romantic matchups, Hollywood has never been particularly shy about pairing a conventional human being with a fluky, not-of-this-earth partner: a mermaid, a superhero, King Kong, or Zach Galifianakis. The character she falls head over heels for is…a spirit. One who takes over the mind and body of a different local teenager every dayuntil the clock strikes midnight, at which point the spirit moves on to somebody else.
Every now and again a movie comes along and is labeled as "critic proof", which basically means that despite whatever critics might have to say about it, fans will still see and enjoy it regardless. Not a great film, but I doubt many cared. The latest to join this impervious crowd is Twilight.
But within minutes of this thrillingly realised adaptation, any assumptions are quietly kited away, and a once unusual idea unfolds into something strangely fitting. We begin with David Dev Patel on stage, telling us about his beginning, as his widowed mother gives birth with devoted housekeeper Peggotty Daisy May Cooper by her side. But as he soon finds out, life is never quite as smooth as one would hope, and when his mother takes a violent new husband, David is sent on an odyssey of sorts, thrown from one unlikely situation to the next, his words proving to be his saving grace time and again. Choosing to follow up his rapturously received festival hit The Death of Stalin with an adaptation of a novel so well known, Iannucci tasks himself with refreshing rather then revising.