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Burning Man 2012

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3.8 out of 5 stars (40) IMDb 6.5/10

Tom is a man behaving badly. Restless and impatient, he's involved with an unfeasible number of women and doing his best to drive the clientele away from the Bondi restaurant where he's the principal chef. Karen plays the traditional long-suffering role of the ex-wife, always on Tom's case to face up to his responsibilities to his eight year old son, Oscar.

Starring:
Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic
Supporting actors Essie Davis, Kerry Fox, Rachel Griffiths, Jack Heanly, Kate Beahan, Gia Carides, Marta Dusseldorp, Dan Wyllie, Anthony Hayes, Garry McDonald, Lech Mackiewicz, Genevieve Hegney, Justin Smith, Martin Lynes, Robyn Malcolm, Kathryn Beck, Simone Kessell, Matthew Moore
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating Unrated (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 17, 2012
Format: DVD
When I sat down to view the Australian drama "Burning Man," I had no idea what to expect. I like both Matthew Goode and Rachel Griffiths, but I had never heard of the movie itself. I'm certainly not prone to unnecessary hyperbole (no comments like "greatest movie ever") but, truthfully, this film blew me away. A complete surprise, "Burning Man" may be one of the biggest sleepers of the year and I wonder why it hasn't received more notice stateside. It boasts a career best performance by Matthew Goode. A great character actor, Goode here showcases a fiery passion and raw energy that should be gaining him award attention. He's that good! The movie is structured in a series of fragments that cut back and forth through time. You really do have to pay attention as you try to piece together the narrative timeline. But as the heart of the story starts to come into focus, its poignancy and power really start to resonate. Writer/director Jonathan Teplitzky has assembled the fragments masterfully in a way that makes this a visceral experience as much as an emotional journey.

Goode plays a temperamental chef in a fashionable Sydney eatery. From the beginning, the screenplay almost slaps you with its aggression. Goode is unpleasant, volatile, desperate, and explosive. It's a big and showy role, and Goode devours every scene he's in. But as more and more of the story reveals itself, you start to see a certain shading--a reason and logic for his explosive personality. I won't provide any spoilers as the movie really should unravel at its own pace. Let's just say that Goode is a troubled soul that needs to piece his life and his psyche back together. And like a good puzzle, the movie stands as a metaphor for his internal struggle and his efforts to feel complete again.
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Stunning film in every way. Confusing at first, but in the unraveling, you care about these people, the acting is amazing, the visuals are amazing, and if you have any propensity toward empathy, this film will kill you. One of the best I've seen in many years.
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Looking for some Matthew Goode films, after first seeing him in Downton Abbey I bought this after reading some reviews. This turned out to be a very serious movie and I'd have to give this a heads up to people who might not want to deal with the serious, sad subject matter. Also, not a movie for children, lots of supervision would be needed. Beside being very sad(but still uplifting), there is a lot of swearing (but in the situations not out of place) and explicit sex (but the movie is not about sex). The film is like a puzzle and you try to get all the pieces together to make sense of what is going on. It starts out very confusing, many events and the viewer is not informed how the characters are related or why they are doing what they are doing. Like in the beginning the woman I thought was Goode's exwife turns out to be his sister-in-law. His wife is dealing with cancer. The film is about how the wife experiences the difficult diagnosis and treatment and how her husband deals with
all of it. In the beginning you think the husband(Matthew Goode) is a jerk, until later you find it's his way of responding to grief, and he turns out to be a very admirable man. He sticks by his wife through everything. All the unseemingly unrelated puzzle pieces clearly come together in the end. All the actors did an amazing job. Matthew Goode shines in this film and demonstrates his great acting ability. Highly recommended, but watch it when you are ready for a serious film.
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The jury in our house is still out on this one. We agreed it is a well made film and the cinematography is exquisite. We even, although in my case grudgingly, agreed that the narrative worked. You have to concentrate and I mean concentrate to put all the pieces of story, dialogue and image into context to get the whole story. In the end is the story worth the effort. I think so. The theme is not one often taken on by cinema as story-telling and it does not hold back on the emotional punches. So if you like your film viewing to be a challenge, a bit of eye to brain puzzle co-ordination then this could work well for you. Now for the down side. Why do we have to have every movie populated by beautiful (and I mean generally Anglo stereo types of blonde/buxom and well a bit shallow) putting bums on seats sex, tits and eye candy and smouldering blokes with chips on their shoulder and quippy put downs. I guess it sells. But it gets in the way of the meat of being engaged, made to think, emote and not just entertained. Secondly, trite shots shot beautifully just become naff when it is obvious they are unbelievable. In this the star for me was the two male leads-father and son and the interaction between them coming to terms and making sense on collision course of something neither had the skills to deal with. Yeah, I'm being obtuse because in no way do I want to give the plot away. So if the crack in this review resonates, have a watch and see what you think. One reviewer, not on this site, said they had to watch it three times to get it-a picture/pattern forming.
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This is a tragic story of love and loss. Tom loses his young wife, who he adores, to cancer, leaving him with a small child to raise. Tom being young himself, has no experience for coping with a loss of this magnitude, and lacks the skill to deal with it. So, he slowly begins to self destruct, until he, himself is faced with the possibility of death. In the end, he accepts the reality, tht even though his wife is physically not with him, but through her son, and their memories of her, that she will never truly be gone. That her life had value and was meaningful....... very emotional, and touching story. Very well made and highly recommended. One of the finest performances of Matthew Goodes career.
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