The Burning Plain

Synopsis: The Burning Plain follows the story of several different people separated by time and space -- Sylvia, a woman in Oregon who must undertake an emotional odyssey to rid herself of her past; Mariana and Santiago, two teenagers trying to piece together the shattered lives of their parents in a New Mexico border town; Maria, a little girl who goes on a border-crossing voyage to help her parents find redemption, forgiveness, and love; and Gina and Nick, a couple who must deal with an intense and clandestine affair... because they are both married.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Guillermo Arriaga
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Hey, Daddy, what up?

Hey, honey, we have a job.

- Can I stay with my friends?

- Sorry honey, we gotta go.


- Please, dad.

- No, honey.

- Come on... Come on...

- Stop...

We gotta a job to do,

let's go.

Alright, we're ready

to take off.

You have the coordinates?

Yeah... I just remit it

to the G.P.S.

This is the farm area.

- Hello.

- Good day.

Santiago Martinez,

this is my partner.

- Nice to meet you.

- Hi.

This whole area, about 80 acres,

that need to be sprayed.

We also have a cabin

ready for you to use...

while you're doing this job.

It's over there, it has a

kitchen, you can make tortilla's.

- You need anything else?

- No, thank you.

- We'll be fine, See you.

- See you.

- See you.

- See you.

Hey, a question,

can we use the bike?

- Sure, use it.

- Great.

- What?

- Who's gonna use it first?

- Let's toss a coin.

- Toss the coin.

- Call it, heads or tails?

- Heads.


- Go ahead and take my turn.

- Appreciate it.

You stay here and help him.

untill I get back.

Be back in a minute.

Hey, what's the matter?

You forget how this works?

- I'm gonna go buy some cigarettes.

- Okay, I'll finish my chores.


I'm sorry I'm late.

I... couldn't get away.

Don't worry.

Can I get in?



Not there...


If you want we could

do this some other day?

No. No.

It's okay.


My cousin lend me his place.

I never been there.

But he tells me,

it's far from everything.

You wanna go?

It isn't the Hilton.

I want cereal, Mariana.

I wanted mine over easy.

Well, that's to bad, eat these

because I got 'em all done.

Hey, Mariana,

what's for dinner?

You can fix you and your

friends some cereals.

Hi, all.

The supermarket was packed.

The lines were wrapped

around the isles.

Did your daddy call?

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Guillermo Arriaga

Guillermo Arriaga Jordán is a Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer. Self-defined as "a hunter who works as a writer," he is best known for his BAFTA-nominated script for 21 Grams and his ... more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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