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Burning Cane Reviews

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December 20, 2019
Perhaps it's his youth, but the way Youmans refuses to adhere to filmmaking convention displays a confidence that is often breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2019
Led by note-perfect performances, Burning Cane presents two distinct halves with totally different weights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2019
Youmans, who was 17 while making the film, presents not only an advanced visual language and style for his age but a striking emotional nuance in the portrayal of his characters...
December 3, 2019
An hour and 17 minutes of glorious, troubling, beautiful movie watching. The scenes are stitched together like patches on a quilt, the seams made up of as beautiful thread as the thing itself.
November 26, 2019
'Burning Cane' is a portrait of the overburdened church lady whose blind faith in her Bible and her men has failed her completely, as it is destined to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5 of 5
November 15, 2019
...tries to reconcile what is heard and experienced in church with what is seen and felt when Sunday service is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2019
Vignettes can add up to a wholly realized film, but in this case, they tell the tale but don't quite complete the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 11, 2019
One might be right to believe that Burning Cane works best as vignettes of a could-be typical Black family living in a small town of rural South. It could also be seen as an ode to a people...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 8, 2019
Deeply moving and a little bit tragic.
November 8, 2019
This film feels like a grown man coming back and trying to understand his childhood. This [director] was 17!... It's deeply astonishing.
November 8, 2019
Even when the images edge toward the self-consciously authorial... there's always something to latch onto... "Burning Cane" also gets us excited about what else Youmans can do.
November 4, 2019
Youmans... depicts these harrowing emotional crises in dramatic fragments and shadow-drenched, often oblique images; they suggest his anguish at a legacy of male frustration, violence, rage, and self-destruction...
October 28, 2019
Burning Cane might not be the most rewarding film from a narrative standpoint, but it's an exciting debut in terms of craftsmanship that should take Phillip Youmans on a career worth following
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 28, 2019
At nineteen years old, Phillip Youmans has made an authentic drama that a lot of indie directors would still be striving for on their second or third feature.
October 26, 2019
Pierce helps lead the way, as does the sheer excitement of watching a young filmmaker find their footing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2019
It's the blurriness of "Burning Cane-"alongside its confident sharpness-that makes it so distinctive.
October 24, 2019
The people in Youmans' film complicate a simple plot summary by presenting more than one face to the world, and to the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2019
"Burning Cane" is short and difficult. It does not aspire to entertain. Its realism is shot through with a constant dull ache.
October 23, 2019
God is destined to forever be a complicated subject for most mortals, yet there's no question this film has made me a believer in the boundless artistic potential of its creator.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 22, 2019
A vision this distinctive would be impressive coming from a filmmaker of any age. That Youmans was 17 upon shooting it makes it that much more extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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