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The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Burnt Orange Heresy has a certain stylish charm, even if -- much like the art world it depicts -- it'll strike some viewers as pretentious.

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The art world and the underworld collide in director Giuseppe Capotondi's elegant and erotic neo-noir thriller, The Burnt Orange Heresy. Set in present day Italy, irresistibly charismatic art critic James Figueras hooks up with provocative and alluring fellow American, Berenice Hollis. He's a classic anti-hero in the making with a charm that masks his deep ambition, whilst she's an innocent touring Europe, enjoying the freedom of being whoever she wishes. The new lovers travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Cassidy. Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney, the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist's studio, whatever the cost. As the couple spend time with the legendary Debney, they start to realize that nothing about artist nor their mission is what it seems. But James is a man of deep, lurking ambition and he will do anything, from arson and burglary to murder, in order to further his career...

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Rosalind Halstead
as Evelina Macri
Katie McGovern
as Art party girl
Pat Starke
as Art Fan
Flaminia Fegarotti
as Art Admirer
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All Critics (119) | Top Critics (32)

It's lively talk, with attractive performances, but you can't help wondering when the thriller end of the bargain is meant to kick in.

November 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bang is weirdly listless, and the early spark of passion between him and Debicki gets lost in a muddle of pretentious chatter that lacks the bite to sell itself as consciously self-satirising

November 4, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

You know that your movie is in trouble when an elfin Mick Jagger pops up as a powerful art dealer and promptly steals the show.

November 1, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's an entertaining and eventful melodrama with some thoughts on art that might put you in mind of Yasmina Reza's stage-play named after the subject.

October 29, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's well put together, fun performances, and could maybe stand the scrutiny of a rewatch.

October 29, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The movie keeps threatening a good time only to leave you exhausted long before the end.

October 28, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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