Burning Cane

2019

Burning Cane

Critics Consensus

Burning Cane is a compelling look at weighty themes -- and a remarkably assured debut from an impressively talented young filmmaker.

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Amongst the cane fields of rural Louisiana, an aging mother struggles between her religious convictions and the love of her son.

Cast

Wendell Pierce
as Reverend Tillman
Karen Kaia Livers
as Helen Wayne
Dominique McClellan
as Daniel Wayne
Braelyn Kelly
as Jeremiah Wayne
Emyri Crutchfield
as Sherry Bland
Ojo Akinlana
as Daniel Wayne
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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (4)

  • 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...

    Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This film feels like a grown man coming back and trying to understand his childhood. This [director] was 17!... It's deeply astonishing.

    Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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...

    Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The people in Youmans' film complicate a simple plot summary by presenting more than one face to the world, and to the camera.

    Oct 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Burning Cane" is short and difficult. It does not aspire to entertain. Its realism is shot through with a constant dull ache.

    Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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