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Burning Man (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 17 November 2011 (Australia)
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An English chef with a chic restaurant on Bondi Beach trying to put his life and his relationship with his son back on track while surrounded by women.

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Jonathan Teplitzky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Goode ... Tom
Bojana Novakovic ... Sarah
Essie Davis ... Karen
Kerry Fox ... Sally
Rachel Griffiths ... Miriam
Jack Heanly Jack Heanly ... Oscar
Kate Beahan ... Lesley
Gia Carides ... Carol
Marta Dusseldorp ... Lisa
Dan Wyllie ... Darren
Anthony Hayes ... Brian
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ... Dr. Burgess
Lech Mackiewicz ... Blind Man
Genevieve Hegney ... Constable Judith Higgs
Justin Smith ... Dr. Allen
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Sarah Keaton has just passed away following a difficult bout of cancer. She is survived by among others her loving executive chef/restaurateur husband, Tom Keaton, and their eight year old son, Oscar Keaton. The end of the Keatons' marriage was difficult not only because of the cancer itself, but also because they had divergently different views on treatment, and because her early prognosis was positive leading to both not treating the news of her imminent death well. Tom copes recklessly, irresponsibly and angrily in his grief, manifested by among other things indiscriminate casual sex with a multitude of partners. Also negatively affected by Tom's actions is Sarah's sister, Karen, who feels she needs to be the responsible one, especially as Oscar is often a casualty of Tom's irresponsibility. Many of the Keatons' friends and colleagues try to be there for Tom in any way they can, including Miriam, a therapist who is more a friend of a friend. Tom may have to go through much pain ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Don't Go So Far Out That You Can't Find Your Way Back

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2011 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

O antras pou kaigetai See more »

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Budget:

AUD 9,000,000 (estimated)
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Miriam: -Be careful that you don't go so far out that you can't find your way back.
Tom: -What if I don't want to get back?
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Instant Karma (We All Shine On)
Written by John Lennon
Performed by John Lennon and the The Plastic Ono Band
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burning drama!
6 July 2012 | by bonzybinoSee all my reviews

"Burning Man" is one movie which can be tagged under Art-house. Stories about grieving men ain't that novel nowadays, yet Burning Man slaps at the very thought of giving us yet another clichéd piece, this one with all its brilliance is indeed refreshing a watch for the story it deals with.

The drama which unfolds in reverse chronological order - just like in "memento" - goes deep into the lives of the characters, all shown so roughly with incoherent fragments from the story that we feel like watching digged out incidents from the protagonist's memory. It did irk me at first, and i really had to be patient to get the hang of it. Its awfully slow at times that you would start hating it or, the worse, might stop watching it just like my cousin :D - I hate to stall in between. After I finished watching the movie, was amazed by the simplicity of the plot, which was fed to the viewer in a rather unconventional but powerful manner.

The pain the characters go through was brilliantly acted and shot. With some absorbing performances - my first Mathew Goode movie and am already a fan - amazing locale and soulful background score, this drama easily gets into my top Art-House Movies list - stressing on the term "Art house", for it might not be enjoyable outing for all. A good watch for serious movie buffs. 7/10


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