WIFF | FILMS

BURN YOUR MAPS

Review

Director:

Jordan Roberts

Genre:

Adventure | Drama

Country:

USA

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2016

Language:

English

Runtime:

102 minutes

Description:

Principal Cast: Vera Farmiga, Virginia Madsen, Jacob Tremblay

After suffering a terrible tragedy, married couple Alise and Connor are trying very hard — and failing — to maintain family stability. When their eight-year-old son, Wes, takes his school-project research on Mongolia very seriously, they are naturally supportive. But soon, Wes becomes convinced that he actually is a Mongolian goat herder, and can even name the village where he belongs. Wes befriends Ismail, an Indian immigrant who accepts the child's assertion without question. The two of them decide that Wes must go to Mongolia, and that Ismail will make a documentary about it.


Disturbed by their son's obsession with his newly discovered identity, Alise and Connor are divided about how to respond. In a bid to heal herself by indulging her son, Alise agrees that the whole family will go to Mongolia in search of the village, and Connor finally, reluctantly agrees. But getting to the steppes is just the first part of this family's unforgettable journey.

Burn Your Maps is our Official Closing Night Film.

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