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The Burning Plain

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Charlize Theron, The Burning Plain

The Burning Plain

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
111 minutes
Wide Release Date:
09/18/09
performer:
Kim Basinger, Charlize Theron, John Corbett, Robin Tunney
director:
Guillermo Arriaga
distributor:
Magnolia Pictures
author:
Guillermo Arriaga
genre:
Drama

We gave it a D+

Kim Basinger plays a sad married mom in New Mexico who screws around — until her dreams go up in smoke. Charlize Theron plays a sad single woman in Oregon who smokes and screws around. The two ladies are linked, but to find out how, you must wade through The Burning Plain‘s intentionally disorienting narrative shuffles — the signature storytelling tic of Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (21 Grams, Babel), here making his unsteady directorial debut. The scenery (prettily captured by There Will Be Blood cinematographer Robert Elswit) is littered with heavy symbolism (fire! rain! dead birds!); the performances are merely heavy. (Also available on cable via on demand) D+

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