“Burning Man” was recently nominated for 10 Australian Oscars, the second highest number in the country’s history. Matthew Goode, so memorable in “A Single Man,” takes on a challenging role of a man in search of himself. His life is shattered by his wife’s sudden death from cancer. He has to face up to the responsibilities of raising their eight year old son and move forward with his life.
Restless and impatient, he sleeps with, and lies to, a variety of women; does his best to drive the
clientele away from the upscale restaurant in Sydney where he’s the principal chef; alienates people
and refuses to relinquish his grief. A series of flashbacks surrounding a broadside of his Volkswagen
Beetle by another vehicle, reveal a love story in which sentiment is offset by the fractured narrative.
Warning: sexually explicit scenes.
(UK/Australia, 110 minutes, 2011)
Sunday, January 20, 2013