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Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Thailand 2010 114 mins. In Thai

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 is visited by the ghosts of his wife and son, finally embarking on a spiritual journey to his birthplace in a past life. Apichatpong’s radically meditative vision confronts us with big questions that don’t really have answers; therein lies part of  its beauty, the other residing in intense visual and aural pleasure at every turn. “Magical, baffling, mirthful, sublime—it’s everything it’s cracked up to be.”—Chuck Stephens, Film Comment.

Genres: Drama



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