The House Is Burning (2006)

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One day. One night. A group of teenagers struggles to find their way in a world that offers them few choices. In 24 hours, Mike will leave for the army, following in his father's footsteps.... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Garson
Mrs. Miller
Phil (as Robin Taylor)
Harley Adams ...
Steve Garson
Joe Petrilla ...
Mike Miller
The Preacher
David Tennent ...
Army Recruiter
Jeff Green ...
Army Officer
Samantha Ressler ...
Stella Miller
Polly Chung ...
Bank Officer


One day. One night. A group of teenagers struggles to find their way in a world that offers them few choices. In 24 hours, Mike will leave for the army, following in his father's footsteps. His last day around family and friends turns into a war of emotions. His girlfriend Valerie, angry at him for leaving, rejects him. As he grapples with her decision, his friends are making their own bids for a better life. Phil, a smalltime drug dealer, is working for the big score that will set him up for good. Terry is trying to enter a corporate world she's unprepared for, but already understands the corruption the system asks for. Steve wants to free himself from his abusive father, decides to kill him and tries to get a gun. As the story unfolds, frustration erupts in a night of shattering violence, self-destruction and self-discovery. A closely photographed, metaphorical kaleidoscope of characters on the brink of growing up, facing the need to build a future, facing the past. A conflict of ... Written by Reverse Angle

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The movie was invited and world-premiered at Cannes Film festival Official Selection 2006 See more »


The Preacher: "Behold, I am coming soon. My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone, according to what he has done."
The Preacher: "The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord turns his face towards you, and gives you peace."
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The house is definitely burning!!
22 September 2009 | by (singapore) – See all my reviews

I think seeing this film 1 year after collapse of wall street makes for a very interesting experience.The decay in American society, the sheer rudderlessness of its youth and their despondency is captured brilliantly.They are literally abandoned by their parents generation and lead hollow desperate lives.Well Obama is is office now but my guess is the lower sections of American society are not much better off and if will not change very fast either.Seeing the greatest nation on earth being reduced to such hopelessness was very unnerving. The movie manages to achieve its objective of portraying a burning house and the acting is top notch from the very young cast.I cared very deeply about each and every character of the film and by the end filled with anger against the system which has reduced a whole generation to such a sorry state.But yes there is always hope..

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