Burning Palms (2010)

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A subversive tale that interlaces five stories set in Los Angeles, where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate

"Burning Palms" is a 2010 social satire dark comedy anthology movie directed and composed by Christopher B. Landon. It includes 5 interlacing narratives, each based in different neighbourhoods of Los Angeles, including Hollywood, Santa Monica, Westwood, Sherman Oaks, and West Hollywood.

Plot Outline
The movie is divided into five different stories, each representing a various location of Los Angeles, loosely connected by the style of surprise tricks and effects.

The Green-Eyed Monster
Embed In Sherman Oaks, its focus is on a beach couple, Ginny and Chad, and Chad's severe case of Oedipal complex. Following an intensely sexual relationship, Chad leaves Ginny for his controlling mom. Despite Ginny's effort to eliminate his mom, the narrative ends with Chad marrying his mom in Las Vegas.

Buyer's Remorse
In Westwood, Gerry and Tom, a couple who have actually recently embraced an African kid, Mahelia, discover it tough to adapt to parenity. They feel inapplicable to Mahelia, who reveals exceptional intelligence, maturity and resistance towards them. In confusion and despair, they take her back to their agency, just to be informed that Gala, Mahelia's twin sis, awaited her homecoming.

Little Piggy
In Hollywood, Sarah Cotton, an actress dating a production assistant, Dedra, causes a case of sexual intricacy. Sarah forces Dedra into bizarre sexual activities. Eventually, Dedra leaves her, leading Sarah to a mental breakdown.

This Little Piggy Went to the marketplace
In Santa Monica, Dr. Shelly, a paediatrician, meets up with her freshly discovered teenage enthusiast, Diego. Diego teaches her how to use drug and they spiral down together. Diego sexually attacks Dr. Shelly and when she wakes up, she finds that her finger was cut off and utilized in a soup she had consumed.

Kangaroo Court
In West Hollywood, young boy Nicholas, in a rush of interest, sexually abuses his family's housemaid Maria; filming the action on his cam. Feared of her consequent work termination, Maria decides not to mention it. But Nicholas's cynical more youthful sibling, Mary Jane, tapes the footage on YouTube, causing a public outcry.

"Burning Palms" ends by circling around back to each tale, exposing the horrific effects resulted by the character's monstrous choices. The movie explores the darker side of humanity, concealed behind the sun-drenched suburbs of Los Angeles. Nevertheless, the film has been critiqued for its extreme depictions of sexual, mental, and physical trauma, focusing on shock value over nuanced storytelling.

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