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Gone girl

I CAN’T think of a more ambiguous, more elliptical, more unsettling film last year — or, for that matter, the past several years — than Lee Chang Dong’s latest, Burning. Like its eponymous action, the film transforms itself several times over, from a chance encounter to a budding affair to an intricately constructed and frankly mystifying triangle to something else entirely (among other things, a missing person search and a stalking) — each stage combusting material, releasing volatiles, sending soot and ash and smoke tumbling upwards to form suggestive shapes.

Back to the future

DVD Review Peppermint Candy Directed by Lee Chang-dong By Noel Vera Lee Chang-dong’s sophomore feature Peppermint Candy (1999) is perhaps his most formally innovative, starting with a man’s...