The Burning Plain (2009)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 51 mins

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This multi-layered relationship saga delves into the lives of several different people separated by time and space -- Sylvia, a woman in Oregon who must undertake an emotional odyssey to rid herself of her past; Mariana and Santiago, two teenagers trying to piece together the shattered lives of their parents in a New Mexico border town; Maria, a little girl who goes on a border-crossing voyage to help her parents find redemption, forgiveness, and love; and Gina and Nick, a couple who must deal with an intense and clandestine affair... because they are both married.
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Cast: Charlize Theron, John Corbett

Crew: Guillermo Arriaga (Director), Robert Elswit (Director of Photography), Hans Zimmer (Music Director), Omar Rodriguez Lopez (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Family

Release Dates: 05 Nov 2009 (India)

Tagline: Love heals. Love absolves. Love burns.

English Name: The Burning Plain

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Did you know? The title of this movie can be translated to Spanish as 'El Llano en Llamas', the title of Juan Rulfo's short story collection, one of Mexico's most famous. Read More
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as Sylvia
as John
as Operator (as Aidé Rodriguez)
as Priest
as Robert
as Santiago
as Cristobal (as Diego Torres)
as Sophie
as Lawrence
as Young Santiago
Supporting Actress
as Nick Martinez
as Xavier
as Vivi
as Gina
as Rancher #2
as Pat's Friend
as Rancher #1
as Young Man
as Doctor
as Laura
as Aunt Rebecca (as Rosalia de Aragon)
as Cook
as Monnie
as Pat
as Bobby
as Maria
as Woman (as Toni Lopez)


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Love heals. Love absolves. Love burns.
The headboard in the bedroom of the trailer has a different carved design when Gina and Nick are using it for their rendezvous than the one shown in the burned out trailer after the explosion.

Santiago and Maria are supposedly living in Mexico, but Santiago's Piper has a US tail number (they start with 'N' while Mexican aircraft start with XA or XB)

Errors in Geography
Sylvia lives in Portland, but works at a restaurant on the ocean - two hours away.

In the airborne scene of the crop duster dusting the field, the course and actions of the dusting process were inconsistent with real crop dusting. Spraying began at a point well into the field, and no distinct pattern was set such as to avoid missing or re-spraying spots.
The title of this movie can be translated to Spanish as 'El Llano en Llamas', the title of Juan Rulfo's short story collection, one of Mexico's most famous.

Filming of this movie began in New Mexico in November 2007, and the film was released in late 2008 in various festivals, before a limited theatrical release in 2009.

This movie marks the directorial debut o Guillermo Arriaga, the screenwriter of Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), and Babel (2006). In Arriaga's directorial debut, he films a story that has multipart story strands woven together as in his previous screenplays.