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Film Review: ‘Burning Love’

8 December 2015 9:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Unfortunately a lot of people will get their knickers in a twist denouncing Alberto Caviglia for daring to make a mockumentary about anti-Semitism— mainly people with no sense of humor, nor an understanding of how best to draw attention to prejudice. “Burning Love” is a deliriously funny, at times shockingly biting satire designed as a news feature on the disappearance of a young man who galvanizes the world into being proud of its latent anti-Semitism. Targeting the right demographic will be a challenge: A local release in October barely left a mark, though brave Jewish fests should celebrate this ferocious pic for thinking outside the box.

Part of what makes the film so clever is the way Caviglia reveals the hollowness of “tolerance,” knowing that beneath this overused word lies an ocean of prejudice. “Burning Love” is the mockumentary equivalent of “The Simpsons,” exposing through exaggeration by making its protag »

- Jay Weissberg

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