A hypnotic cinematic dreamscape unfolds in Thai master Weerasethakul’s new film, in which soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are sent to a temporary clinic in a former school. Perhaps a connection exists between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the makeshift hospital? The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier. Magic, healing, romance, and dreams are all part of her path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her. “. . . so serene, so perfectly meditative, that it puts the viewer in precisely the same hushed reverie to which its characters eventually submit.”—Slant.
Appears in: 39th Portland International Film Festival
Other Films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Winner of the Palme d’Or (best film) at the Cannes Film Festival, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives has become widely considered as one of the best films of our time, the summation of director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s languid, poetic style. Suffering from acute kidney failure, Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) reminisces about his life and …