The Burning Plain (BLU-RAY)

The Burning Plain

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Burning Plain is the directorial debut from Guillermo Arriaga, the screenwriter of Babel and 21 Grams (he also wrote this story). It follows the dual paths of two women, caught in affairs and sexual relationships that entangle them and their families. Their stories are told in a non-linear style, jumping both between the two women (Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger) and various timelines. It’s a contemplative film, shot with a certain brutal honesty (language, nudity, emotions laid bare) that avoids being manipulative or exploitative.

If nothing else, this is a beautifully shot film. It looks incredible in Blu-Ray. Different portions of the movie appear to have been shot with blue and yellow filters (similar to Traffic), lending a unique look to each of the various story lines being juggled.

Bonuses include the making of and the music of The Burning Plain, along with an HDNet look at The Burning Plain.

It’s hard to recommend a film like this. It is very well crafted, yet the subject material and the pacing definitely make this an investment of time and emotion. It is not easy to watch, but it portrays loss, love and healing in a very convincing, if extremely conflicted way.

Jeremy Hunt
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