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The Burning Plain (2008)

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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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

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Love heals. Love absolves. Love burns.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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

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5 November 2009 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Ravnica u plamenu  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$200,399 (USA) (20 November 2009)
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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 writers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Laura: Late night?
Sylvia: I guess.
Laura: Again?
Sylvia: Again.
Laura: Hmm. Same guy?
Sylvia: No.
Laura: Do I know him?
Sylvia: Maybe.
Laura: Do you know him?
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode #24.1 (2009) See more »

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Transcontinental 1:30am
Written by Vienna Teng
Performed by Vienna Teng
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Broken Plains
10 April 2011 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Films about interlocked fragmented stories aren't anything new to writer and director Guillermo Arriaga. As director, 'The Burning Plain' is his first feature film and its quite apparent that he has poured his heart into it. Here too the film involves three stories that are told separately but linked by the first scene.

However, the non-linearity of storytelling is initially confusing but once the tragic link is made apparent, the gut-wrenching conclusion (that explains the explosion shown in the first scene) hits the viewer hard. The setting is very simplistic but rich in atmosphere especially with the dark subtle undertones. The beautiful score contributes well.

Arriaga has gathered an impressive ensemble of actors who deliver wonderfully understated performances. Charlize Theron portrays Sylvia with a subtle intensity. Kim Basinger is skillfully restrained and Jennifer Lawrence shows tremendous potential. John Corbett, Robin Tunney, José María Yazpik, Rachel Ticotin, Brett Cullen, Tessa Ia and Joaquin de Almeida provide great support.

Despite the initial confusion, the narrative is strong. There are a few clichés that could have been avoided, such as the confession scene in the hospital, but these are very minor and don't effect the impact of the film. In the end, 'The Burning Plain' is a solid film.


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