Burn Your Maps film review | Book Addicts

Burn Your Maps

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Burn Your Maps is a 2016 family drama.

6 out of 10 stars.  I loved most of this film, but I really didn’t like the message it sends.  Throughout the film there’s a double standard for the wife and husband in this family.  It’s okay for him to have an affair (because his wife asks him to) but it’s not okay for her to kiss a man who’s been helping her make her son’s dream come true? 

Elise and Connor are a couple in New York City still struggling almost a year after the death of their six month old baby girl.  Connor wants to move on.  Elise isn’t ready.  Connor is also very angry that Elise hasn’t gone back to work and sits around the house all day moping.  His disregard for her emotions leads them into couple’s therapy which obviously isn’t working.

Then one day their eight year old son Wes decides his name is Gansric and he’s a Mongolian goat herder.  He alters his clothes to create a Mongolian outfit and he creates fake goats out of milk jugs, cotton, and string.  Elise responds to this by encouraging Gansric to be himself.  Connor responds to this by destroying Wes’s things until he removes his Mongolian clothing.  :0  Yep, Connor has serious rage issues.

So when Connor takes their teenage daughter Becca to computer camp, Elise hops a plane with Wes to Mongolia.  Along for the ride is one of Elise’s ESL students, Indian Ishmael.  Ishmael knows how Wes feels because he never felt at home in India and thought the US was where he needed to be, but he’s miserable so he wants to film Wes’ voyage.  They are stranded by a bus on the very first day of their week long adventure.  A handsome Puerto Rican guy with a Jeep saves them for a mere $100 a day in transportation costs.

Along the way Gansric delivers a baby goat that eventually dies and saves another baby goat (from the same mother) that’s abandoned.  He meets a Mongolian family and makes a pilgrimage to the shaman to save his baby goat.

In the end he goes back to New York City with his family and his parents sort of make up.  But I could not get over the double standard here throughout the film.  Therefore, I couldn’t recommend it.

6 out of 10 stars.  It’s watchable, but the message it sends is terrible.

 

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