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November 2, 2018

At the Movies: In masterful ‘Burning,' rage simmers in Seoul

AP Film Writer

In the smoldering centerpiece of Chang-dong Lee's masterly “Burning” — a mournful cry of a movie — a young, tragic South Korean woman named Haemi (an exquisite Jun Jong-seo) dances before two men at twilight while Miles Davis floats bluely from a nearby car radio. The Korean countryside stretches northward behind her. Her arms sway low and then high.

It's a dance she has learned from the Bushmen during a recent trip to Africa. She calls it the dance of Great Hunger, and she's ecstatic as she moves. But, as if something catches her and brings her back down to earth, she finishes in tears.

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