EJ Paras’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Once you convince yourself something's there, it's hard to believe that it's not."
"There's no right or wrong, just the morals of nature."
Robbed of an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Slow-paced, methodical, stylish, and captivating. The three leads played off of each other super well throughout.
The movie gradually shifted its tone to that of a psychological drama, and I was growing anxious as the film progressed, all the way to the final crescendo that culminated Burning.
"Aren't all protagonists nuts?" asks Jong-su's father's lawyer. I'm reminded of Y Tu Mamá También in which the social & economic factors played an important (though background) part in shaping the film's world and protagonist's mindset. Contrasting Jong-su's blue-collar mindset and humble lifestyle compared to that of Steven Yeun's Ben, and you can see the tension build from the moment Yeun appears on-screen.
Loved the juxtaposition of the ending with the title of the movie. You'll know it when you see it (or if you've already seen it), I don't want to spoil it here.
The cinematography throughout and the score, especially for the second-half of the movie = hell yes.