The Burning PlainThe film tells a love story that is intense but full of twist, betrayal. The beautiful girl Sylvia makes an emotional journey and goes to the ends of its limitations. Since the death of her mother, who deceived her father, Sylvia falls into an evasion... herself.
Critic Reviews of "The Burning Plain"
Globe and MailOctober 16, 2009
Throw in enough symbolism to choke an English-lit major and you have a film challenge that too often feels like a chore.
Toronto StarOctober 16, 2009
If Arriaga had allowed us to spend more time with the key characters in this extended tragedy, or had spent some time punching up the plot, The Burning Plain might have had a chance.
Denver PostOctober 02, 2009
Possibly the stories fit too neatly. If so, it's hardly a fatal flaw.
Detroit NewsSeptember 25, 2009
It's serious stuff, intended for serious movie people. The only problem is, serious movie people have already been there, done that.
Chicago ReaderSeptember 25, 2009
The result is confusion, not catharsis.
Minneapolis Star TribuneSeptember 25, 2009
The film is strikingly photographed and intensely acted, but the tone is overwrought melodrama.
Critic's NotebookOctober 07, 2015
If you are willing to turn a blind eye to the inherently hackneyed nature of "The Burning Plain," though, the film turns out to be somewhat rewarding.
Film Comment MagazineNovember 17, 2013
What's that smell? The plain isn't the only thing that's charred in screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut; subtlety goes up in flames too.
What CultureMarch 13, 2011
Deep-seated emotional problems are examined in a complex movie that, as ever with Arriaga, refuses to fit into a straightforward narrative.
Las Vegas CityLifeJanuary 31, 2011
Knowing ... that it's a 20-year old story, one can only conclude the idea behind the film would have been best left unfilmed, an unfinished step toward greater things.
Movie HabitSeptember 28, 2010
Babel director shows his hand too soon
CinemaBlend.comAugust 12, 2010
Arriaga's multi-narrative format got the best of him. Rather than deliver a sense of shock and awe, it's swallowed up by complexity, leaving you to wonder, "This is it?"
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Charlize TheronBirth date: 7 August 1975, Benoni, Transvaal, South AfricaDescription: Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg-area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle.Theron received an education as a ballet dancer and has danced both the "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker". There was not much for a young actress or dancer to do in South Africa, so she soon traveled to Europe and the United States, where she got job at the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She was also able to work as a photo model. However, an injured knee put a halt to her dancing career.In 1994, her mother bought her a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, and Charlize started visiting all of the agents on Hollywood Boulevard, but without any luck. She went to a bank to cash a check for $500 she received from her mother, and became furious when she learned that the bank would not cash it because it was an out-of-state check. She made a scene and an agent gave her his card, in exchange for learning American English, which she did by watching soap operas on television.Her first role was as a young mother in a park in a B-film in 1995, but it was a non-speaking role with three seconds of screen time. Her next role was as Helga Svelgen in 2 Days in the Valley (1996), which landed her the role of Tina Powers in That Thing You Do! (1996). Since then, she has starred in movies like The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) and The Italian Job (2003). On February 29, 2004, she won her first Academy Award, for her performance in Monster (2003).
John CorbettBirth date: 9 May 1961, Wheeling, West Virginia, USADescription: John Corbett was born on May 9, 1961 in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA as John Joseph Corbett Junior. He is an actor, known for Northern Exposure (1990), Raising Helen (2004) and Volcano (1997).
José María YazpikBirth date: 13 November 1970, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoDescription: Jose Maria lived his whole childhood in Mexico City until the age of 12 when he, along with his family, moved to San Diego, California. As soon as he concluded his high school studies, he moved to Tijuana, Mexico, to attend Law school, but in his first career year a personal experience saw him replace Laws for acting, so he applied to the most recognized acting academy in Mexico: CEA (Centro de Estudios de Actuacion de Televisa) where after inquiring in some average Soap Operas his big hit came in 1998 with his role on La vida en el espejo (1999), where he played a polemical, straight-looking homosexual. He's currently working (April - 2004) on Sueño (2005), starring John Leguizamo and Ana Claudia Talancón.
Robin TunneyBirth date: 19 June 1972, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Robin Tunney studied acting at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, spending her summer performing in such plays as "Bus Stop" and "Agnes of God". She moved to Los Angeles at the age of eighteen and shortly landed roles in such television shows as Life Goes On (1989), Class of '96 (1993) (recurring), Law & Order (1990), HBO's Dream On (1990) and the ABC mini-series J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (1993), in which she played "Kit Kennedy". The Craft (1996) was Tunney's first film lead though she has appeared in many supporting roles.
Gray EubankBirth date: 19 June 1972, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Gray Eubank is an actor, known for Wild (2014), The Burning Plain (2008) and Untraceable (2008).
Fernanda RomeroBirth date: 1983, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoDescription: Born in Mexico City, Fernanda Romero started her career participating in the sensational youth group Fryzzby (BMG). Although after her early career she walked away from music to study Fashion Design, her destiny was always to be in front of the camera. After getting the opportunity to host the popular show "Control" on Univision, she collaborated with Telemundo in "La Ley del Silencio," venturing into film with roles in independent films such as the horror movie Creature of Darkness with actors Matthew Lawrence, Kevin Alejandro from Southland ("The Hot Chick"), and comedies Wanna be Me with Shalim Ortiz ("Heroes") and Ready or Not with Alex Rocco ("Smokin' Aces).The production that raised her career to another level was The Eye with Jessica Alba, after which she appeared in multiple Hollywood big-budget films including The Burning Plain from director Guillermo Arriaga, alongside Charlize Theron, Drag Me to Hell by avowed director Sam Raimi, Red Canvas with Maria Conchita Alonso and Once Fallen with Ed Harris.In 2009 Fernanda participated in her first soap opera in Mexico, where she played the female lead in Eternamente Tuya of TV Azteca. In the spring of 2011, and got the principal female role in the first bilingual series on American television, RPM Miami, produced by Telemundo Studios, airing on NBC channel, mun2. In the summer of 2011, the actress shared the big screen in the U.S. with Eva Longoria and Christian Slater in the movie Without Men, and also joined the cast of the film El Fantastic Mundo de Juan Orol, based on the life of filmmaker Juan Orol, in which she played Dinorah Judith, his third wife.She also starred in "Pendejo," sharing credits with Danny Trejo and Raja Fenske, among others, Mission Park, with Vivica A. Fox (in several festivals, winning awards for "Best Film at Hispanicize in Miami", "Best Film at Worldfest in Houston", "Best Film and Best Director at the Boston International Film Festival"), Number Runner, her first British production with star Jon-Paul Gates, Fighters Chance with the ex-boxer Evander Holyfield and the NBC pilot County with Aimee Garcia and Jason Ritter. She also worked alongside Oscar winner, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Christian Serratos, in Broken Doll with director Trudy Sargent.Romero recently filmed Ghost Team One, which has been a big hit at film festivals in the United States, including Slamdance Film Festival, Florida Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival. She also is part of the film 3 Geezers in which she appears next to renowned actors like J.K. Simmons, Tim Allen, and Scott Caan. Furthering her foray into comedy, she recently joined the series "Chamacas" on Hispanic channel Nuevon, run by actress Sofía Vergara.Beyond the variety of projects listed above, Romero is has worked with numerous companies, including the famous Spanish brand "Mango" in QueMePongoByMango.com campaign and in music videos "Just One Breath" by Jeremy Carr, "People VIP" by popular singer Larry Hernandez and "No te quiero ver con él" by Frankie J.Fernanda now resides in Los Angeles where in addition to her work as an actress, she produces and sings in her band White Cherries.
Kacie ThomasBirth date: 1983, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoDescription: Kacie Thomas is an actress, known for The Burning Plain (2008), Bucksville (2011) and Butterfly Dreaming (2008).
Martin PapazianBirth date: 18 April 1976, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Martin Papazian was born on April 18, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Martin A. Papazian. He is an actor and director, known for The Island (2005), Jarhead (2005) and The Burning Plain (2008).
Sean McGrathBirth date: 18 April 1976, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Sean McGrath is an actor and writer, known for Twilight (2008), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) and The Burning Plain (2008).
JD PardoBirth date: 7 September 1980, Panorama City, California, USADescription: JD Pardo was born on September 7, 1980 in Panorama City, California, USA as Jorge Daniel Pardo. He is an actor and producer, known for Revolution (2012), Snitch (2013) and A Cinderella Story (2004).
Diego J. TorresBirth date: 7 September 1980, Panorama City, California, USADescription: Diego J. Torres is an actor, known for The Burning Plain (2008), The Caretaker (2008) and Walkout (2006).
José Gallardo Jr.Birth date: 7 September 1980, Panorama City, California, USADescription: José Gallardo Jr. is an actor, known for The Burning Plain (2008), Doc West (2009) and Doc West: La sfida (2009).
Rachel TicotinBirth date: 1 November 1958, Bronx, New York, USADescription: One tough cookie who can definitely hold her own next to the boys on film and TV, lovely, dark-haired Rachel Ticotin has stepped up to the plate many times in strong-armed femme roles, playing everything from cops and bodyguards to military corporals. Born and raised in the Bronx, she learned the fine art of discipline at a young age with ballet training at age 8. She made her first stage appearance at age 10 as a Siamese princess in a production of "The King and I" at NYC's City Center Theatre. At age twelve she joined the Ballet Hispanico of New York and went on to work with such famed choreographers as Alvin Ailey, Geoffrey Holder and Anna Sokolow. She made her film debut at age 20 in a bit role as a gypsy dancer in the King of the Gypsies (1978) starring Eric Roberts. She gained valuable experience in off-Broadway shows and on the other side of the camera as a production assistant for such films as The Wanderers (1979), Dressed to Kill (1980) and Raging Bull (1980).Rachel earned her big break after being handed the top female role opposite Paul Newman and Edward Asner in the brutal police film Fort Apache the Bronx (1981). Television became a viable forum with the TV pilot For Love and Honor (1983) as Corporal Grace Pavlik. The pilot introduced her to up-and-coming actor David Caruso. They married later that year. Rachel went on to appear in the short-lived series version of For Love and Honor (1983) without Caruso. Other television projects included assertive roles in Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (1991), Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999) and Warden of Red Rock (2001). On the big screen she played tough in Critical Condition (1987), Where the Day Takes You (1991), and Falling Down (1993).Her best known role is probably the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi blockbuster Total Recall (1990) in which the athletic Rachel has a memorable fisticuffs scene with Sharon Stone. In 1997, Rachel earned an ALMA award for her role as a prison guard in Con Air (1997). Divorced from Caruso after six years in 1989, she later met actor Peter Strauss on the set of the TV movie Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story (1994). They married in 1998. In series drama she joined the cast of Ohara (1987) as a U.S. attorney and played detective in the police drama Crime & Punishment (1993).Although she has yet to hit the very top rungs of stardom, Rachel is a proven talent. Alluring as well as enduring, her latest work in the popular films Something's Gotta Give (2003) starring Jack Nicholson and Oscar-nominated Diane Keaton, Man on Fire (2004) with Denzel Washington and the recent The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), not to mention the critically acclaimed bi-cultural series American Family (2002), is proof of the pudding.
Rosalia De AragonBirth date: 1 November 1958, Bronx, New York, USADescription: Rosalia De Aragon is an actress, known for Felon (2008), The Burning Plain (2008) and Last Stand at Saber River (1997).
Debrianna MansiniBirth date: 1 November 1958, Bronx, New York, USADescription: Debrianna Mansini is an actress and writer, known for Better Call Saul (2015), Crazy Heart (2009) and Drunktown's Finest (2014).
Anthony EscobarBirth date: 1 November 1958, Bronx, New York, USADescription: Anthony Escobar is known for his work on Logan (2017), The Burning Plain (2008) and The Reunion (2011).
Brett CullenBirth date: 26 August 1956, Houston, Texas, USADescription: Brett Cullen was born on August 26, 1956 in Houston, Texas, USA as Peter Brett Cullen. He is known for his work on The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Ghost Rider (2007) and The Shallows (2016). He is married to Michele Little. They have one child.
Jennifer LawrenceBirth date: 15 August 1990, Louisville, Kentucky, USADescription: America's Sweetheart and star of the wildly popular Hunger Games series, Jennifer Lawrence is the first, and thus far only, person born in the 1990s to have received an acting Oscar (for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)).Lawrence was born Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children's camp, and Gary Lawrence, who works in construction. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and has English, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.Her career began when she traveled to Manhattan at the age of fourteen. After conducting her first cold read, agents told her mother that "it was the best cold read by a 14- year-old they had ever heard", and tried to convince her stage mother that she needed to spend the summer in Manhattan. After leaving the agency, Jen was spotted by an agent in the midst of shooting an H&M ad and asked to take her picture. The next day, that agent followed up with her and invited her to the studio for a cold read audition. Again, the agents were highly impressed and strongly urged her mother to allow her to spend the summer in New York City. As fate would have it, she did, and subsequently appeared in commercials such as MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" and played a role in the movie, The Devil You Know (2013).Shortly thereafter, her career forced her and her family to move to Los Angeles, where she was cast in the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007), and in smaller movies like The Poker House (2008) and The Burning Plain (2008).Her big break came when she played Ree in Winter's Bone (2010), which landed her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Shortly thereafter, she secured the role of Mystique in franchise reboot X: First Class (2011), which went on to be a hit in Summer 2011. Around this time, Lawrence scored the role of a lifetime when she was cast as Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of literary sensation The Hunger Games (2012). The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies ever with over $407 million at the domestic box office, and instantly propelled Lawrence to the A-list among young actors/actresses. Three Hunger Games sequels were released in each consecutive November, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), with Lawrence reprising her role.In 2012, the romantic comedy, Silver Linings Playbook earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Satellite Award and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress, among other accolades, making her the youngest person ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress and the second-youngest Best Actress winner.She starred in David O. Russell's popular drama-comedy American Hustle (2013), as Roselyn Rosenfield, and teamed with the director again to play inventor Joy Mangano in another family comedy, Joy (2015), receiving Oscar nominations for both roles (Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively).
TJ PlunkettBirth date: 15 August 1990, Louisville, Kentucky, USADescription: TJ Plunkett is an actor, known for The Burning Plain (2008), The Abduction of Zack Butterfield (2011) and Doc West (2009).
Taylor WardenBirth date: 15 August 1990, Louisville, Kentucky, USADescription: Taylor Warden is known for his work on Wild Hogs (2007), Employee of the Month (2006) and The Burning Plain (2008).
Stacy Marie WardenBirth date: 15 August 1990, Louisville, Kentucky, USADescription: Stacy Marie Warden is an actress, known for The Burning Plain (2008), Conspiracy (2008) and Comanche Moon (2008).
Danny PinoBirth date: 15 April 1974, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Danny Pino was born on April 15, 1974 in Miami, Florida, USA as Daniel G. Pino. He is an actor and writer, known for Cold Case (2003), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and The Lost City (2005). He has been married to Lilly Pino Bernal since February 15, 2002. They have two children.
Aide RodriguezBirth date: 15 April 1974, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Aide Rodriguez is an actress and writer, known for The Burning Plain (2008), Taco! Taco! Taco! (2009) and La Botella (2014).
Tessa IaBirth date: 15 April 1974, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Tessa Ia was born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. She is an actress, known for Después de Lucía (2012), The Burning Plain (2008) and Rebelde (2004).
Toni Marie LopezBirth date: 15 April 1974, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Toni Marie Lopez is an actress, known for The Burning Plain (2008).
Luis SenyéBirth date: 15 April 1974, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Luis Senyé is an actor, known for The Burning Plain (2008).
Kirk ZachekBirth date: 15 April 1974, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Kirk Zachek is an actor, known for The Burning Plain (2008).
Joaquim de AlmeidaBirth date: 15 March 1957, São Sebastião da Pedreira, Lisbon, PortugalDescription: Joaquim de Almeida was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Son of two pharmacists and the sixth of eight kids, Joaquim showed signs at an early age that his future lay not in the family business. At the age of eighteen, after attending the theater course at the Lisbon Conservatory for two years, he left Portugal to pursue his studies after the Conservatory was temporarily closed following the 1974 democratic revolution. He lived a year in Vienna, Austria, working in various jobs from the Künstlerhaus-Theater to gardening. He moved to New York City in 1976. There, he studied with Lee Strasberg, Nicholas Ray and Stella Adler while working as a bartender. After doing some theater and small roles in Soap Operas, he finally landed his first role in a film "The Soldier" in 1981. The following year he had his first important role in "Honorary Consul", working next to Richard Gere, Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins. But it was his third film "Good Morning Babylon", directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, that opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1987, that propelled him to an international career. Being fluent in six languages has helped him to work everywhere in the world. He hasn't stopped since then. He has been in more then 90 films and Television shows acting with actors and directors like Harrison Ford, Gene Hackman, Kim Basinger, Antonio Banderas, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderberg, Benicio del Toro and Kiefer Sutherland among others. It was while playing the main villain in season 3 of the popular series "24", that he discovered the pleasure of living on the beach and he moved to Santa Monica where he lives today. He spends long periods in Portugal where he has a house in Sintra to be with his son Louren and his daughter Ana. Joaquim de Almeida became an American citizen in 2005 and kept his Portuguese nationality. He has been the recipient of many awards: Best Actor - Cairo Film Festival 1991, Golden Globe Best Actor Portugal 1995,1997,2001, SAG Awards- Best ensemble 2005, Portuguese Foreign Press-Personality of the year 1995, Career Award in Festival Cinema de Badajoz 2004, Career Award Festival Iberoamericano de Huelva 2009, Career Award Festival de Cine de Punta del Este 2003, Gold Medal City of Sintra 2008, Gold Medal City of Setubal 2006 and the Order of Infante by the President of Portugal.
Kim BasingerBirth date: 8 December 1953, Athens, Georgia, USADescription: Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. Both her parents had been in entertainment, her dad had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies. Kim was introspective, from her father's side. As a schoolgirl, she was very shy. To help her overcome this, her parents had Kim study ballet from an early age. By the time she reached sweet sixteen, the once-shy Kim entered the Athens Junior Miss contest. From there, she went on to win the Junior Miss Georgia title and traveled to New York to compete in the national Junior Miss pageant. Kim, who had blossomed to a 5' 7" beauty, was offered a contract on the spot with the Ford Modeling Agency. At the age of 20, Kim was a top model, commanding $1,000 a day. Throughout the early 1970s, she appeared on dozens of magazine covers and in hundreds of ads, most notably as the Breck girl. Kim took acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse, performed in various Greenwich Village clubs, and sang under the stage name Chelsea. Kim moved to Los Angeles in 1976, ready to conquer Hollywood. Kim broke into television doing episodes of such hit series as Charlie's Angels (1976). In 1980, she married Ron Snyder (they divorced in 1989). In movies, she had roles like being a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again (1983) and playing a small-town Texas beauty in Nadine (1987). Her breakout role was as photojournalist Vicki Vale in the blockbuster hit Batman (1989). There was no long-orchestrated campaign on her part to snag this plumb role, Kim was a last-minute replacement for Sean Young. This took her to a career high.With perhaps too much disposable income, Kim headed up an investment group that purchased the entire town of Braselton, in her native Georgia, for $20 million (she would later have to sell it). In 1993, Kim married Alec Baldwin, and in 1995 they had a daughter, Ireland Eliesse. Kim took some time off to stay at home with her child. Kim, who loves animals and is a strict vegetarian, devoted energy to animal rights issues and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), even posing for some ads. In 1997, Kim gave an Oscar-winning performance in the film noir classic L.A. Confidential (1997). Kim's salary for I Dreamed of Africa (2000) was $5,000,000, putting her firmly in the category of big-name movie star. And no doubt there are still many great things ahead, in the career of cover girl turned Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger.
Kyle KlunderBirth date: 8 December 1953, Athens, Georgia, USADescription: Kyle Klunder is an actor, known for The Burning Plain (2008).
Rafael HernándezBirth date: 8 December 1953, Athens, Georgia, USADescription: Rafael Hernández is an actor, known for The Burning Plain (2008), In the Deathroom (2009) and Easy Money (2008).
Directors of "The Burning Plain"
Guillermo ArriagaBirth date: 13 March 1958, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoDescription: Guillermo Arriaga was born on March 13, 1958 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a writer and producer, known for Babel (2006), 21 Gram...
Creators of "The Burning Plain"
Guillermo ArriagaBirth date: 13 March 1958, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoDescription: Guillermo Arriaga was born on March 13, 1958 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a writer and producer, known for Babel (2006), 21 Gram...