Burning review – mesmerising thriller of murky motives

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Lee Chang-dong’s elegant mystery is full of pleasingly unsettling moments “I want to just vanish, like I never existed.” It’s a seemingly flippant, throwaway comment from Hae-mi (Jeon Jong-seo). Lee Chang-dong’s elegant thriller is seeded with such moments – images of impermanence, of inexplicable disappearance. You notice them more overtly on a second viewing, but even before this mesmerising mystery reveals itself, there’s a subliminal sense that nothing – or nobody – is as concrete as they seem. Hae-mi is an acquaintance of Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) from school; after they reconnect by chance in …

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