The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Movie Review

Director: Giuseppe Capotondi

Writer: Scott B Smith (Screenplay) Charles Willeford (Book)

Starring: Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland, Rosalind Halstead, Alessandro Farizi

Plot: Hired to steal a rare painting from one of the most enigmatic painters of all time, an ambitious art dealer becomes consumed by his own greed and insecurity as the operation spins out of control.


Tagline – You Can’t Paint Over the Truth

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Burnt Orange Heresy starts as art critic James Figueras (Bang) uses his charisma to trick people into believing his stories, with them being a mix of truths all leading to whatever he wants people to believe. He meets Berenice Hollis (Debicki) who starts a whirlwind romance with him, when James gets an offer of a lifetime.

James gets to meet one of the most difficult artists in the world to score an interview with, Jerome Debney (Sutherland), with him getting to spend the weekend with him, along with Berenice.

Thoughts on The Burnt Orange Heresy

ThoughtsThe Burnt Orange Heresy is a drama that seems to follow three people that have their own directions in life, with not everything being revealed, with many secrets being kept close to the chests. This is one of those movies that comes under the proper slow burning style, with very little happening for most of the film, with a lot just being talking about what might be happening, or what people think might be happening, over showing us what is happening. It does become slow to watch, a film that comes off long and drawn out without reaching the levels it wants to in any way. The performances aren’t bad, because the actors do make you want to see what will come next in the chapters of their lives, but the characters aren’t written in a way to make us want to know more.

Final Thoughts The Burnt Orange Heresy is a long drawn out slow movie that doesn’t seem to go very far.

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