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Burma,” made by first-time feature filmmaker Carlos Puga and winner of the Grand Jury Award for Ensemble Cast at SXSW, looks at a family in crisis. They aren't falling apart, but instead put together, suddenly, awkwardly, and the building blocks hurt. What starts as a generic and even patience-testing drama ultimately grows into a film boasting strong performances and a few unexpectedly open wounds. Christian (Christopher Abbott) is an adrift twentysomething with writer’s block and a cocaine habit. His routine consists of casual hook-ups with college-age girls and general self-sabotage of his potential as a novelist and emotionally functional adult. He is thrown into even deeper chaos with the surprise arrival one night of his estranged father, Dr. Lynn (Christopher McCann), who we learn abandoned Christian and his two siblings and their mother when she was on her deathbed. Dr. Lynn’s unannounced visit is on the eve of »


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