Film Reviews: Burning Man

| 17 November , 2011 | Reply

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Cast: Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic, Rachel Griffiths, Gia Carides
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 4.5 / 5

Burning Man follows the story of Tom (Matthew Goode), an English Chef in a Bondi Beach restaurant having, not just a difficult day, but a difficult life. Beautifully shot against a Sydney backdrop, Director/Writer Jonathan Teplitzky explores the story of a family in crisis. He is on a mission to get his life back on track and it is made even more confusing being surrounded by women! Some helpful, some not so helpful.

The film controversially starts with a very private scene, but don\’t be scared off, there is depth in the film – so stick it out. There is quite a lot of chopping and changing with confusing flashbacks at first, but it soon clears up and suddenly propels the story more cohesively in the second half.

It is cleverly written with hard hitting real conversations lightly sprayed with humour. The film has many touching moments that have you laughing in shock in one moment and near tears the next. It is true that humour often comes from pain and this film has plenty of both. Special mention for Sarah played by Bojana Novakovic, who is such a beautiful character, a gorgeous portrayal of a woman in distress trying her best to cope with what is thrown at her.

Rachel Griffiths appears as a woman of interest and was clearly drawn to the magnetic storyline as her part is not as full as expected. It was nice to see her speaking ‘Aussie\’ as it is easy to forget who our Aussies are with all the amazing American accents in the Hollywood blockbusters! You\’ll see some other famous Aussies taking part in this believable rendition of life at its best and worst.

It\’s a great story, told with lots of love and the acting is truly superb. This man\’s fractured life is truly burning and you will get wrapped up in his drama quickly. Not to mention the fact that being locally shot, it has familiar scenes and the

Aussies have come up with something truly wonderful again!

A beautifully told story with quality actors – don\’t miss it.

Burning Man is in cinemas now.


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