pretty good movie, but I didnt enjoy it alot. Main character was likable and overall it was quite good, but just not that easy to watch. 3.5/5
It is a well made film, good acting and a nice atmospheric sound track.
However I absolutely hated it!!! The chopped up editing can be forgiven as artistic and allows the audience to piece the movie together.... but... I hated the story line.
Tom is selfish, arrogant and self indulgent. Instead of caring for his sick wife dying of cancer, he'd rather run his restaurant. Instead of caring for his only son, he treats him with disdain and sees him as a chore and nuisance. After his wife's passing, he'd rather be having sex with his wife's married acquaintance, screwing the doctor and screwing a prostitute who wears wigs... All I can say... if this is the average australian lifestyle, it is one screwed up life.
So if women go, oh your wife died of cancer, so sorry... just screw me so you can cheer up... WTF???
I could not relate to it, nothing connected with me at all... his wife preferred to die only with the uncaring, arrogant husband... not even allowing her son to be close when passing... this story sucked!
Need full concentration and subtitles to follow the drift of the storyline. I found the jumping around between past, present and future(???) to be an intrinsic quality to this movie. Great editing has resulted in a pass mark and a 'good' recommendation. Realism a hallmark.
Different, but a little heartbreaking
NOTHING funny about this movie. The reviewer got it WRONG.
ITS a VERY SAD cancer story
Why do Australian made movies have to fail like this. I was really looking forward to this ... clever title for a chef going through a crisis. But gratuitous bums to boost the box office and an atypical degree of swearing even for people under duress. No production finesse....they couldnt really handles the flash forward/backward stuff. Potentially a good story but wasted with this fiim crew.
this film was so scattered for most of its length it did manage to save its self by having a concrete storyline in its latter part.
a very disapointing movie.it kept on moving fromthe past to the present and it was very difficult to follow the story line.also there was to much swearing particually the language used by a young child.my advice give it a miss.
I was disappointed in this film - LOVE aussie films, and open minded to the way they are filmed, however I dont think the chopping and changing in direction was a plus in this film, took me ages to get the gist of this film, disappointed overall.
Pretentious,self indulgent and not worth watching.
We didn't connect with the main character in the beginning - that's the director's fault - and so we didn't care if he lived or died. Turned it off after 30 mins. If we'd paid to see this in a cinema, we'd be asking for our money back.
Very hard to understand as jumping around a lot and only started to get into it the last half hour
Enjoyable enough flick, once you get used to the non-linear narrative. Good performances, but the whole thing suffers a little from a sense of self-indulgence - much like the lead character himself.
An excellent Australian movie....quite different but very well made...lead actor was amazing.
I only saw this movie because I am a Chef and I really related to this life I thought it was a great movie
Poor Australian cinema! Can't we make movies without the F word repeated again and again? After 10 minutes and having heard 10 times the word Fxxk, after tons of flashbacks between useless scenes ..
I decided that the Burning Man could burn without me, Why many Australian filmmakers try hard making arts with their films. Art comes naturally!
A husband becomes angry and morally adrift after the death of his wife. An affliction flick that doesn’t really succeed in conveying the angst or show the husband in a sympathetic light. The symbolism of fire throughout the film comes across as awkward and unnecessary.
Worth a look but a bit of a challenge. The editing distorted any sense of continuity, which I'm sure was the intention in an artistic sense; but it simply made the story confusing to the point that I didn't know who the Essie Davis character was until about an hour in.
I loved this film. The editing was awesome. Watch it.
Funny? Where? Too artsy fartsy or something for me. I didn't watch the whole thing though so may be my opinion is born from ignorance. I hated the English Patient... Maybe people who liked this liked the English Patient too?
Emotional rollercoaster - you will be bewildered at the start - but hang in there cos you will get it - intentional by the director or not - it soooo worked for me.
Revealing interpretation of grief and it's impact upon the network of relationships surrounding the individual. Believable central character and good support casting.
Exhausting movie with loads of angst. The chopping back and forth is really irritating.
The start of this film is very challenging to sit through & follow but fortunately I was prepared for this from the movie's reviews when it was in cinema release. I was glad that I managed and presisted with this film because it was really good - it had emotional impact to match the visual impact. The chaotic style does ease up a bit in the latter part of the movie but you realise that this is deliberate because it reflects the state of mind that the protagonist is feeling from dealing with (or not) his grief. Highly recommend this but not for a casual viewing - heavy going but rewarding.
weird, took a long time to get into.. maybe I was tired?
A terribly self indulgent film about a very unlikeable narcissistic character who believes that the world has been awfully hard on him. Not worth a look.
Very well done, yet depressing story. Good character study.
What a great Aussie Movie. Intellectual, Smart and Clever.
This was a delight to watch, fantastic screen play, cinematography and story line. Great acting by Matthew Goode (5stars), Bojana Novakovic, Essie Davis, Kerry Fox, Anthony Hayes, Kate Beahan and Jack Heanly . Below average acting by Rachel Griffiths.
boring... I watched the last 20mins on fast fwd
This film was quite confusing for the first quarter but it settled and became quite engrossing. The child actor and the lead role were excellent.
Didn't live up to the title , could have been a great story to slow didn't like the back and forth would have really worked if just told the story.May have been about the chef from Lambrock Cafe - Bondi , the young boy was the best acting he made the movie, shame .
Seems you either love or hate this movie... and my partner and I hated it. There's an extraordinarily filmed car crash scene - not as harrowing as it sounds - but the rest seemed like pretentious drivel. The main character is entirely unlikeable; a self-obsessed chef who takes running a trendy restaurant as seriously as heading the UN, and who attractive women throw themselves at with tiresome unbelievability. The chopped-up narrative and clumsy artiness add to the emotional coldness and fail to disguise a plot as thin as transparent prosciutto. Maybe this IS deep and meaningful to the well-heeled yuppie foodie set, but that's only sad. One star for the car crash.
Excellent story, though quite harrowing. A fractured timeline which perfectly portrays the fractured life.
not funny - depressing and miserable
What starts out to be something that looks pretty light, but crazy, turns out to be a fascinating and thought provoking film
Makes you realise the important things in life. I agree with "Mary" -hard to follow at first but became more engrossing as the movie went on. Stick with it. Don't watch if you want a casual film. Do watch if you want a D&M film.
So you think Australian cinema has moved on since the days of Alvin Purple? Nope. Under a thin disguise about a guy who's partner dies of cancer is the same old parade of breasts and bums so beloved of Aussie filmmakers. If they took out all the swearingthere would be hardly any dialogue left. Even the precocious child uses this kind of language. And another good old Aussie cliché - the 'hero' (the unappealing Matthew Goode) drives an ancient VW beetle. Give this one a big miss!
I didn't know whether to like this movie in the first 20 minutes. However, it finally progressed and I liked it in the end. Good acting but the beginning was far too disjointed. The flashbacks were a bit all over the place in the beginning. Pity, because it could have been so much better. That said overall I thought it was pretty good.
It's a serious and sad story, although at first it seems anything but. It's also a lot of hard work for the viewer to make sense of what the "Inside" feature in the Extras calls a "fractured narrative". Basically it's a jigsaw puzzle of seemingly random and scattered scenes, some of which are quite surreal and relate to the burning man title. By the end most of it has come together, although some of the pieces seem to have been left behind. Overall one of the best Aussie films in a long while.
I've seen this film at the cinema already and cant wait to see it again...on dvd....wonderful story, great acting by all involved...A MUST SEE