Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Jun 17 - Jun 30, 2011
(Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010, Thailand, 35mm, 114 min)
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Winner of the Palme d'Or (2010 Cannes Film Festival, jury headed by Tim Burton), Uncle Boonmee is a dreamy, gently reassuring tale told by a man at the end of his life as he contemplates reincarnation. A ghost story told with the calm and patience of a prosaic tale of country living, the film concerns the final days of Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar), an aging farmer suffering from a kidney disease. The film moves at the tranquil pace of a lazy afternoon, and this quiet grace allows the frequently outrageous and bizarre elements of the story to blend seamlessly into reality, appearing as natural as the background hum of insects or the gentle murmur of the wind. Boonmee is the latest and most memorable of Apichatpong’s tender, poetic, supernatural and semi-autobiographical reveries.
"This film is beautiful and strange, wonderful and mundane, profound and simple." — Charles Mudede, The Stranger
“If you still believe in the cinema’s capacity to inspire magic and wonder, you need to see this” —Mike McCahill, METRO
"Mysterious, dreamlike, gentle, quiet, magical…it all has something sublime and visionary about it, with a spiritual quality I can't remember seeing in any film recently." —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian