Set against the breathtaking shores of Chilie, the 2022 spanish film “Burning Patience” is beautifully nostalgic piece to look at, but as the title suggests, it’s a slow-burn romance that can test the viewer’s patience.

Directed by Rodrigo Sepúlveda, the film stars Andrew Bargsted as Mario, a young postman who delivers famed poet Pablo Neruda (Claudio Arrendondo) his daily mail & is inspired to woo his crush Clarita (Amalia Kassai) with words and metaphors.

The cinematography captures the Chilean shores and Island life in the 1960s with ardour. However, as a Neruda fan, it was hard to picture Claudio Arrendondo as the wordsmith in the last leg of his life. Andrew Bargsted and Amalia Kassai are cute, yet, their chemistry is lukewarm for a passionate romantic story.

Mario and Clarita’s life looks too idyllic, the two live in their own bubble, flirting by the rough waters of their beautiful island. So even when a conflict is introduced in the story, it feels disjointed and uninteresting. “Burning Patience” might have all the elements of a quintessential romance, yet, it never really “burns”.

It’ a 5/10 from me.

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