The Burning Plain

The Burning Plain

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"A romantic mystery about hope, redemption and second chances. Sylvia is a woman on the edge whose cool, professional demeanor masks a deeply troubled, sexually charged storm within. When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her mysterious past, she is launched into an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life. Gina is a housewife trapped in a loveless marriage who finds solace and passion in an illicit affair. Though separated by time and great distances, these women find their lives linked by the forces of love and fate", Sept. 14, 2011.
Publisher: United States : Magnolia Pictures
Copyright Date: ©2009
Branch Call Number: eVideo
Characteristics: 1 video file : digital
Alternative Title: Burning plain (Motion picture)


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Mar 11, 2018

Overdone dysfunctional love story

young girl finds out mom is having an affair, and tried to scare her by burning the "love " trailer where they meet. Trailer ends up exploding killing both her mom and the Latin lover.

Mom had a breast removed so her husband couldn't make love to her anymore, which is why she became vulnerable to the affection from outside the marriage. She clearly is remorseful, plays the victim, yet is starving for the physical love acceptance and attention. (Poorly acted)

Daughter falls in love with son of the man (she burned alive) grows up enjoying pain and detached from her emotions because she feels she is to blame for her moms death. She doesnt feel she deserves to be happy. She has many lovers but no real connection.

The endless cycle of. : Depression, self harm, abuse, trauma, pts, disfunctional family, sex too,early...

She abandons her daughter at birth, for fear that she will not be a good mom, and is found years later when the dad is in the hospital. She goes back to the same town she had been trying to runaway from her whole life, and face her husband, daughter and forgive herself
and start to live.

Oct 01, 2017

This is a very strange movie. It moves back an forth between the women and the men they love. All about lust, sex, poverty and cheating. It is also about the complexities of people. This story weaves together very slowly almost to the point where I wanted to give up on the movie. Then it starts to come together, as if it is a piece of woven fabric and suddenly the pattern emerges. Suddenly I thought 'now I know what is happening' and the story makes sense. It is always very interesting to watch the Bonus section of the movie.

Jul 26, 2017

What a stupid movie! Kim Basigner hasn't made a movie in ages and she took this one? A slow moving plot and a stupid story line. Don't waste your time on this one like I did.

May 30, 2017

An engaging dark drama that took awhile to piece together and understand the relationship of the three women in the film: Kim Basinger as Gina; Charlize Theron as Sylvia and 18 year old Jennifer Lawrence as Mariana. Lawrence was not credited on the DVD box, anywhere in the description herein or on its official web site ( ) but there were too much resemblance in looks and voice of the young woman NOT to be JL. Like to add that the location shots of Las Cruces NM. and Depoe Bay OR. were spectacular.

Jan 27, 2016

very deep, nice job, good acting, good flashbacks, I like it very much.

Jul 23, 2013

very good

Oct 02, 2012

If I've seen a worse movie I've blocked it from my memory. Truly awful, gave up, couldn't care less about the characters.

btmslt Jul 06, 2012

An interesting film which weaves the lives of various characters together in unexpected ways.

Jan 11, 2011

disturbing - done in a style reserved mostly for foreign films (takes forever to get to the point with the actors saying little and emoting tons aqnd the audience guessing at what horrible events precipitated such drama) -- i would not watch this again even though the two female leads are amazing the plot is weak and the supporting actors have little color

Nov 08, 2010

Good – The Burning Plain (2008) 111 min. It’ll take a few scenes to figure out that the narrative jumps from present time to the past. Once you’ve established this story-telling technique, you’ll be immersed in an emotional story of deceit and redemption, loneliness and searching for happiness. Charlize Theron’s character is the focus of this film as it looks at her past in explaining her current behavioral state. The film may be slow at times but the subject matter is worth the challenge.


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May 30, 2017

That's my dad's whiskey.
-Is it? When the hell is he gonna drink it?
Well, I'd be even happier... if we could have some hot water so I can take a shower.
We can go to the desert and burn choya's. My grandfather told me... that the smoke of the burned choya's purifies.
-They're like fire-works.
The scar is so ugly.
-You beat death. You fought and won. That makes your scar beautiful. Don't erase it.
What happened?
-Nothing, I just burned myself once.
You know dad has the same scar in the same place. He said he did it to never forget you.
I left you because I was scared that you be like me. That you become just like me.


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