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Burning Cane Reviews

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...
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 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 24, 2019
Outside Tillman's homily, made magnificent and effectively hypocritical through Pierce's gripping performance, the discourse falls flat and strangely trivial at times given the context.
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
May 11, 2019
"Burning Cane"... isn't a major work, yet it's a movie of minor fascinations and seductions; it exerts the pull of a natural-born filmmaker's eye.
May 8, 2019
Would be a noteworthy debut even from a director twice Youmans' age.
April 29, 2019
A compelling 78-minute snapshot of Southern poverty and grief, 19-year-old director Phillip Youmans' debut "Burning Cane" hovers in textures more than plot.
Full Review | Original Score: B