Burning

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Riffing nimbly on a Murakami Haruki short story, Lee Changdong’s masterful thriller flickers with mystery. Jongsoo (Yoo Ahin, Veteran) reunites with classmate Haemi (Jun Jongseo), who seduces him and then scoots off to Africa. She returns with suave, moneyed Ben (Okja’s Steve Yeun), who makes Jongsoo roil with envy and self-pity; a creepy confession plunges him into tormenting despair. The critics’ favorite at Cannes, Burning imbues South Korea’s simmering social unrest with universal resonance.