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The Burning Plain

6.4
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Original title
The Burning Plain
Year
Running time
111 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Guillermo Arriaga
Music
Hans Zimmer, Omar Rodríguez-López
Cinematography
Robert Elswit
Cast
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Producer
2929 Productions / Costa Films
Genre
Drama | Family Relationships. Ensemble Film
Synopsis / Plot
A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother (Basinger) and daughter (Theron) who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood. The Burning Plain is a drama that explores the mysterious connection between several characters separated by time and space: Mariana, a 16-year-old girl trying to put together the shattered lives of her parents in a Mexican border town; Sylvia, a woman in Portland who must undertake an emotional odyssey to burnish a sin from her past; Gina and Nick, a couple who must deal with an intense and clandestine affair; and Maria, a young girl who helps her parents find redemption, forgiveness and love.
Awards
2008: Venice Film Festival: Best New Young Actor or Actress (Jennifer Lawrence)
Critics' reviews
  • "Despite an OK-to-good cast led by Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger, plus a handsome tech package, this remains an elaborate writing exercise with few emotional hooks."
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