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The Burning Plain (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  5 November 2009 (Argentina)
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A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother and daughter who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Man
Cristobal (as Diego Torres)
José Gallardo Jr. ...
Rosalia De Aragon ...
Aunt Rebecca (as Rosalia de Aragon)


The Burning Plain follows the story of several different people separated by time and space -- Sylvia, a woman in Oregon who must undertake an emotional odyssey to rid herself of her past; Mariana and Santiago, two teenagers trying to piece together the shattered lives of their parents in a New Mexico border town; Maria, a little girl who goes on a border-crossing voyage to help her parents find redemption, forgiveness, and love; and Gina and Nick, a couple who must deal with an intense and clandestine affair... because they are both married. Written by sundance7490 from Scottsdale, Arizona

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Love heals. Love absolves. Love burns.


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 2009 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Ravnica u plamenu  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$58,749 (USA) (18 September 2009)


$200,399 (USA) (20 November 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title can be translated to Spanish as "El Llano en Llamas", the title of Juan Rulfo's short story collection, one of Mexico's most famous. See more »


The headboard in the bedroom of the trailer has a different carved design when Gina and Nick are using it for their rendezvous than the one shown in the burned out trailer after the explosion. See more »


Sylvia: What grade are you in?
Maria: 9th.
Sylvia: Do you have a boyfriend?
Maria: Nope. Do you?
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 5 September 2009 (2009) See more »


Mi Prietita Consentida
Written by Ruben Ramos
Performed by Ruben Ramos and The Mexican Revolution
Courtesy of Revolution Records
Under license from /by arrangement with Jua Mos License and Publishing
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complex story revealing itself gradually
17 November 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, the one of "21 Grams", employs a very peculiar narrative style to tell stories of different characters, Charlize Theron's Sylvia, Jennifer Lawrence's Marina, and Kim Basinger's Gina. At first everything seems a bit messy (various threads seemingly insignificant) but then the plot gets poignant though a little oppressive. Acting performances are affecting and strong (especially Charlize Theron), the tone is progressively melodramatic. It's undeniable that The Burning Plain possesses the style of a strong drama, never run-of-the-mill and with an emotional resonance resembling 21 Grams. Overall a very good sad film, with a finale that strikes a lot.

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