The Burnt Orange Heresy

99 mins
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Claes Bang (The Square), Elizabeth Debicki (Widows), Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland star in this neo-noir thriller set in the... More

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The Burnt Orange Heresy | Ratings & Reviews

"The appeal of watching these fabulous, perfectly able performers casting aspersions on each other in the idyllic surroundings of Lake Como is not lost on me. Jagger having a ball, saying things like “Art is a harsh mistress”. Bang turning on his best peak-Brosnan urbane charm. Debicki enlivening every scene she is in. But the stars’ charisma can only do so much heavy lifting to sustain narrative interest. Giuseppe Capotondi’s direction leans toward sleepy and formally staid, lacking the pleasurable side of low-key and leisurely that generally works for this kind of material."


"Elizabeth Debicki is on fire in (this) slinky but inert Euro-thriller..."


"A seductive noir that, as a whole, comes up empty."

"While it’s not the most clever or brilliant thriller, it’s exciting nonetheless and will have you on the edge of your seat to the end."

Film ThreatFilm Threat

"Makes for a mostly smart and sexy crime drama, even if it loses steam by the time the ridiculous ending rolls around."

The Washington PostThe Washington Post

"Director Giuseppe Capotondi... gets fine performances from everyone, even though their characters and the story never snap into satisfying focus."

The Straits TimesThe Straits Times

"Takes itself a little too seriously to be truly enjoyable."

Little White LiesLittle White Lies

"Lacks the bite to sell itself as consciously self-satirising..."

Time OutTime Out

"Mick Jagger adds dash of malice to arty thriller."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"The Burnt Orange Heresy was a fine diversion on a grim and grey afternoon. It made me laugh, it held me in its twists and it sent me home ready to find a copy of Charles Willeford's 1971 novel."


"The film allows that we are complicit in privilege for our fascination and envy."

Slant MagazineSlant Magazine

"The idea that art, like love, is something that you can make or fake, and that surprisingly few people can tell the difference, will always be ripe for exploration. And yet the movie stumbles."

The New YorkerThe New Yorker

"The screenplay and the actors ooze charm as well as intelligence early on but the second half is more like a sleek thriller, something that's efficient but less jocular and surprising."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Halfway through... the air goes out of the shaggy-dog plotting: a climactic pileup of unfortunate events is both rushed and unsurprising, leaving the actors with little room to dart and play."


"For all the commitment that Claes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki bring to the central roles, their characters never really emerge as autonomous beings from the faintly preposterous story they're trapped in."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

The Burnt Orange Heresy | Details

Award winner
Winner of the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award (Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland), 2019 Venice Film Festival
MA15+, A strong sex scene
Drama, Thriller
Country of origin
Italy, UK

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