Burden (2018)
First screened in March 2020
Director: Andrew Heckler. Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, Forest Whitaker, Tom Wilkinson, Crystal Fox, Usher Raymond, Dexter Darden, Austin Hébert, Tess Harper, Tian Richards, Charles Green, Jeff Pope. Screenplay: Andrew Heckler.

Twitter Capsule: Admits much more unevenness and complexity than is usual in most redemption stories of this stripe. I really respected that.

Second Capsule: I'd have loved more scenes exploring the black characters. That said, the film is atypically earnest in framing whiteness as ugly pathology.

Third Capsule: It's also been a while since Christian charity was framed so complexly and convincingly as both agony and blessing for oppressed believers.

VOR:   A bolder, more valuable film might have figured how to balance and distribute the drama better but this is a worthy stab at a noble goal.

Photo © 2018 Bill Kenwright Films/Unburdened
Entertainment, © 2020 101 Studios

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award (Drama)

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