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The Burning Plain (Loin de la terre brûlée) (Bilingual)

Charlize Theron , Kim Basinger , Guillermo Arriaga    DVD
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A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother (Basinger) and daughter (Theron) who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood.

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Une histoire d’amour et de mystère dans laquelle une femme à la vie tumultueuse retourne dans son passé jusqu’au moment où sa vie a pris un tournant décisif. Sylvia (Charlize Theron) est une restauratrice séduisante dont le comportement professionnel et décontracté dissimule le tumulte passionnel qui bouillonne en elle. Quand un étranger arrivant du Mexique la confronte à son passé mystérieux, Sylvia est lancée dans une aventure à travers le temps et l’espace qui la relie inextricablement à des personnages disparates, chacun d’eux aux prises avec son propre destin amoureux.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Oct. 8 2013
Format:Blu-ray
I saw this movie on the Movie network and i loved it.Very good story indeed
I wanted to add it to my Bluray collection but when i popped it in my Samsung it did not play
I tryed everything updates and all but nothing will do. We have over 200 Blurays and all of them work fine.
Fortunatly i have other BD players in the house plus our laptops and it played in all of them
It's just a shame it did not want to play in my main player where we have the big screen set-up :-(
I search to see if other people had the same probleme and found that a few actualy did and never foud a solution
I guess thats technologie !
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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooding, evocative & redemptive. Jan. 27 2010
By Shiloh True - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I have enjoyed the work of Guillermo Arriage, including Babel and 21 Grams. However, Arriage uses the same technique with 'The Burning Plain, as he did in 'Babel,' which for me can be confusing, at times, and not a preferred methodology for most viewers. Here again, we are faced with current time, running parallel with a significant amount of back-story, and a multitude of characters that initially seem disconnected. It took me a while to realize what was going on. I should have had a clue, from Babel. Finally the stories began to converge---rather flawlessly, so it was well worth the patience required. In fact, in some respects, I think it was better constructed than Babel, in tying up loose ends.

Be warned, this (107 min) R-rated, romantic, mystery/drama, will not be for everyone. It is not action driven, aside from some self-mutilating behaviors, sensual scenes with nudity, and a trailer blowing up. It is not filled with gratuitous violence, awesome CGI, or other big-box-office, draw themes, although the filming is lovely. Instead, it is a slow paced, deep character study involving three wounded female leads, Theron being the primary protagonist. It is about an illicit love affair(Basinger) and the dark web surrounding omissions of truth---the escalating lies. It is about the irrevocable psychic damage that can be done, when youth is the witness to adults breaking the rules and threatening their security. It is about an ego destroyed and on the path of self destruction. It is about stopping cutting, just to feel alive, and opening up for love and forgiveness. It is about redemption.

I loved the psychological dynamics of this movie and thought they were well developed. Having personally worked with 'cutters' for many years, I felt Theron did justice to the self-destructive, emotionally sterile angst of those who must cut, to feel momentarily alive; how they are driven to match their internal scars with external ones. And, Basinger was so well suited to the role of the lonely, timid wife, struggling with an altered body image, who could easily be seen driven into the arms of another man, at whatever cost. The premise is not very original; these are issues that have, and do, happen every day, but, even so, they will evoke many thoughts and feelings within the sensitive viewer. In a word, it is 'powerful!'

This was a rental for me. I don't think I would like to own this movie. Seeing it once was painful enough, but I wouldn't have wanted to miss it. Without reservation, I recommend this film to all serious movie devotees, who enjoy deep, dark, psychologically oriented films, with stellar performances.
76 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fragmented tale of love as cycle of pain, scars and healing Dec 2 2009
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
The directorial debut of Guillermo Arriaga, screenwriter of 21 grams and Babel, is a tortured piece of work. Rather like its characters, it is beautiful to look at but bleak as we come to understand it. Thankfully, we are left with a message of hope, but it's a fragmented journey getting there as we experience love as it evolves not just through joy and happiness but through pain and scars.
It's one of those multi-stranded stories Arriaga specialises in... except this time, it is not always different characters we are observing - it's the same ones, in different times. One strand with Kim Basinger, involves a married woman, sneaking off from her empty marriage at lunchtime to her lover, in a trailer on a plain. It's this trailer on fire which gives the film its title. Then, there is the teenage daughter who has her own secrets and is drawn to the young Mexican man who she meets at his father's funeral. Finally, Charlize Theron plays the beautiful restaurateur, who away from the style and poise of her role at work, seeks empty sex and self inflicted wounds.. what pain is she trying to hide? Does the answer lie in the Mexican man who follows her? If the strands don't stand fully composed as short stories in their own right, it's because they rely on each other.. so that the performance of one actress relies on notes set up by another. It's a typically convoluted piece of writing by Arriega. A final point, and this is where critics were on the whole less than kind, is that for much of the movie it is frustratingly ambiguous who is who and in what time, until gradually the picture becomes clear. It's a tangled story for the most part, and if you dislike activating your brain cells, then steer clear. In the end, the story is actually quite slight.. and yet it has some depth of feeling, scraping underneath the characters surface instead of adding layers onto them. It might not have much to say, and the characters may not always be endearing, but it is nonetheless thought provoking and beautifully shot in sparsely filled though elegantly framed widescreen. Frankly I found it more satisfying than the more star-studded and acclaimed Babel. Certainly, the performances from the three leads: Theron, Basinger and relative newcomer Jennifer Lawrence are utterly outstanding. There is no grandstanding here.. just terrific understated turns from some of Hollywood's best.
If bleak cinema and tragic characters are your thing, then step right in. If it's action or easy moral certainties you seek.. move along, there's nothing for you here.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heated Parallels!!! Aug. 2 2012
By Amazon Woman - Published on Amazon.com
I'm certainly NOT an eloquent movie reviewer. I knows what I likes, and I likes what I knows. The Burning Plain deals with, well, pain...in the very REAL sense of the word. Dark secrets, hunted down, revealed, cloaked in ritualistic, mental and physical, self-inflicted pain!

I enjoyed the movie's flashbacks. Kept me on my toes. I UNDERSTOOD so much of the story plot. Human frailties, so raw, so exposed. The need to fill up the avoidable guilt-ridden void brought on by the inability to refuse, to just say no, to turn the other cheek, to just accept without questioning.

Watch the movie, The Burning Plain.
(Superb acting, exceptional cinematography...btw.)
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect but haunting Sept. 4 2011
By I.Peters - Published on Amazon.com
Burning Plain is a testament to Charlize Theron's first class acting abilities. She is able to draw the viewers in completely, and make them wonder about the dark past her character (Sylvia) is hiding. She is just a joy to watch. While Kim Basinger delivers a solid and at times heart-wrenching performance, I still found her to be somewhat miscast in her role as a truck driver's wife. In my opinion she came across as too upscale to be believable, more like a cast member of Desperate Housewives, without the humor. Jennifer Lawrence as Mariana is exquisite and is a crucial part to the haunting quality of this movie.

The film's approach to telling its story is interesting and maybe a bit confusing at first. A large part of the story plays in the past (underscored by those scenes having been filmed with a slight yellow tint, as if looking at aging home video), and the movie jumps frequently between the past and the present as well as between locations. But once the viewer has figured it out, it is easy to follow the individual threads.

If I have one complaint it is that the ending is a bit too feel-good. I simply doubt that a person with Sylvia's past and habits could in the end succeed at successfully turning the page for good. While the movie doesn't explicitly spell it out, this is what the last scene implies. But maybe this was intentionally done by the director, exactly to make the audience wonder about the outcome of it all in the end.

Be that as it may, all in all I really enjoyed this movie and the entire cast's stellar performances.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confused for your Enjoyment Jan. 17 2010
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Guillermo Arriaga's rotating perspective narrative works best in this tidy drama concerning family, relationships, regrets and two generations of risky sex. The acting, writing and directing are a sensual feast that looks good, sounds good and feels very good after some intrigue. With a lot to see and hear in less that two hours; the out of sequence details weave their way into crystal clarity.
Han Zimmer and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez score hypnotic scenes from the desert to the ocean. The writer has earth, wind, fire and water in mind for the characters, actions and settings; but you can take it as heady soaper.
Like Cubism or string theory; this movie challenges and rewards. Most critics didn't like it in comparison to Arriaga's Babel. Enjoy it and the edge on them. Maybe it has too many notes.
Beautifully filmed; Great BD A/V
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