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The Burning Plain [Blu-ray]

Charlize Theron , Kim Basinger , Guillermo Arriaga    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger
  • Directors: Guillermo Arriaga
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002B847KS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,325 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Sylvia (Charlize Theron) is a beautiful restaurant manager whose cool, professional demeanour masks the sexually-charged storm within. When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her dark and hidden past, Sylvia is launched into a journey, painfully forcing her to face her demons and the past she thought she had left behind. From the internationally acclaimed writer of Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros, and starring Oscar Winners Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger, The Burning Plain depicts the harrowing story of a woman on the edge who takes and emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great script, great performances. 27 Nov 2009
Kim Basinger again proves she can do no wrong, turning in a superb, low-key performance that is charged with electricity as a woman being torn apart by loves (plural intended). Likewise the always impressive Charlize Theron, who never fails to impress. But as superb as both performances are, the rest of the cast achieve the same high level. One of the great pleasures of the film is piecing it all together through the moves from present to past and back again, and I won't rob you of that pleasure by divulging the plot. The script is superb, rings with truth and grips from beginning to end. Direction, likewise, is flawless and the cinematography beautifully depicts the coolness of the present and the heat of the past. Very highly recommended. Saw it on TV last night and definitely placing an order to add it to my collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burning with emotions 20 Nov 2010
By Four Violets VINE VOICE
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Shortly into the film, there is a scene where Charlize Theron has three men pursuing her, literally at the same time and place. Well, I know she's attractive but...however, all is explained. One of them is crucial, and he is the one not just after a quick leg-over. This is exactly the kind of film I enjoy, it may start in the middle and zap about a bit in time, but it ends at the end, with everything explained, and I found it easy enough to pick up what was going on. Eventually. The casting is brilliant, which means all the scenes are believable. Basically it's a plot about the far-reaching consequences of a bored and lonely mother who feels ugly after a mastectomy, having an affair with the father of another family. I found myself gripped, waiting for the inevitable catastrophe, exactly as I was during Amores Perros [DVD] [2001], which was written, as was The Burning Plain, by Guillermo Arriaga. Like that film, this deserves a second viewing. The crop-spraying scenes are especially evocative.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burning and sombre... 7 Sep 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
What lies beneath our external persona and how we carry our past is an often an untapped, intriguing and even dangerous place to explore - and to return to.

So, as we see Charlize Theron, extremely unglamorous as she rises from yet another bed at another man's house, in Portland, Oregon, an air of sadness drifts over us. Yet, as debut director Guillermo Arriaga grapples with his own script - and he has written some corkers - Babel & 21 Grams - we are strangely hooked.

We want to see this woman and her life and how it connects with the rest of the film. As guarded restaurateur, Sylvia (Theron) we see that she's preoccupied and soon, she meets up with a figure from the past. From here - and inter-cut with the present, we visit her past life and how childhood events have shaped her. I won't reveal too much about this, except Kim Bassinger plays her mother, who has a torrid affair with Hispanic farmer Nick (Joaquim de Almeida - whom many will recognise but not be able to name!) near their New Mexico home.

This is typical independent cinema; often slow, raw and intense and generally, as attractive as real life is - not very. Acting is always compelling and almost uncomfortably real but just because a film ticks all the 'pure' boxes, it doesn't necessarily make for a good film, which needs to be entertaining AND interesting. The latter, generally, yes, the former, not often and somehow the length and story don't make for a film that's totally satisfying. The good cinematography helps, though, as does the sparse and atmospheric music.

Many will find the general pessimism of the film a little overbearing and this isn't Arriaga's best script; apparently the movie didn't do well at the box office and maybe the director will go on to produce a better film or write more great scripts for someone else to direct.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great slow burning film, One of Theron's best!!
This is a really great film with great performances from Charlize Theron aswell as Kim Basinger, whichn reachs a dramatic conclusion!!
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
4.0 out of 5 stars A little different from anything else i've seen Theron in before.
charlize proves that she really can act. I enjoyed this film very much. Not for everyone, but would recommend to anyone wanting a good drama that's a bit different.
Published 11 months ago by sioux
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Charlize Theron is a brilliant actress and always plays the part she appears in with a high degree of skill
Published 11 months ago by raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great leading ladies together
Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger together in the same film is what attracted me to this film. After numerous times watching Kim Basinger in such films like 8 Mile and While She Was... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Neal "Neo"(Lincolnshire)
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, but almost said three
[When I first posted this review I gave this film 3 Stars and said it almost merited four. On reflection I think 4 stars is fairer. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2011 by Legal Vampire
5.0 out of 5 stars an intriguing story with great acting
one of the best movies I've seen lately. A story that draws you in from the very beginning and keeps you glued and breathless all the way. Read more
Published on 17 April 2011 by Kick-Azz-Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline and dialogue ... well acted and shot
I really enjoyed this film with its atmosphere and movement from one time to another. The film is extremely well shot and the dialogue is realistic and as the film develops things... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by Mr. S. P. Walshe
4.0 out of 5 stars The Burning Plain
Excellent film, with real edge of the seat 'thriller'. Although difficult to get into the plot at first, it is well worth staying with. The only disappointment was Kim Basingger.
Published on 25 Feb 2010 by Flicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent moody film
We really enjoyed this fim which links the hot dry plains of New Mexico with the grey windy coastline of Portland in a story of loss love and betrayal. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2009 by N. K. Bullock
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