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Plot Summary
Afflicted with kidney disease, Uncle Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) is preparing himself for death. He has assembled his relatives in the countryside, convinced he will die within a few days. The ghost of his wife appears and offers guidance on his journey into the beyond, while his estranged son materializes in the guise of a jungle creature. Surrounded by his loved ones, Uncle Boonmee reflects on memories of his past lives, and he decides he must visit a special place before he goes.

Cast: Sakda Kaewbuadee , Jenjira Pongpas , Thanapat Saisaymar , Natthakarn Aphaiwonk , Geerasak Kulhong , Wallapa Mongkolprasert , Kanokporn Thongaram , Samud Kugasang

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Genres: Fantasy

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

Release Date: March 2nd, 2011|1 hr. 54 min.

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  • As Joe blurs the line between reality and the supernatural, his haunting and hypnotic film exerts a hold you don't want to break. It's a beauty. show more

  • If you can weather some slow patches (and there are plenty), this boldly original, oddly affecting meditation on the afterlife will reward you with moments of profundity that will linger in your consciousness (or subconsciousness) for a lifetime (or lifetimes). show more

  • I can't pretend to understand the intricacies of the Buddhist belief system that informs the surreal story, or the fantasy system in which Boonmee, embodying Thailand, recalls his nation's history and shimmering myths. Yet no effort of understanding is needed to be moved by Boonmee's descent into a limestone cave shaped like a womb. show more

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  • July 21, 2011 hq00000000096068
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    While the others join in the group think about this movie and laud with star after star, don\'t believe the hype. This movie is not the great movie it\'s made out to be. Many people laud praise on the movie because it\'s simply confusing and perhaps they don\'t want to admit ************** doesn\'t work -- and instead assume it\'s they that don\'t understand the movie, its message or its premise. Don\'t believe the hype, this is not a great movie. In fact, this is the second \"great\" (and confusing) movie from this Thai director, the first one is a similar low-budget (and it shows) extended (as in long, long, long) tiger hunt in the forest. It was equally annoying, vapid (and mesmerizing) all at the same time. Back to Uncle Boonmee... This movie has one brilliant scene where the ghosts of deceased family members return to the family dinner table in the night and join a conversation. That scene put chills up my spine, not because I believe this can happen and I am somehow close to the premise, but because it is done with skill and simply, --it happens without explanation or set-up and this is the secret to why it works. But then the rest of the movie returns to its confusing, poorly made ways, and in the end we are left with an ending that is so frustrating and odd that at first I thought I missed something -- I didn\'t. I speak some Thai and saw the movie long before the US release -- but that didn\'t help. I\'ve watched the movie with Thai nationals who enjoy art movies like myself, but when they watched it in Thai they were equally frustrated and confused. This movie, and its Thai director, are a case of people (mostly Westerners) not wanting to speak up and say \"this is no good, and it doesn\'t make sense\". Instead they laud the movie, exploit the director\'s \"simple life story\" as an upcoming Thai director of greatness (which there are very few who make it out of Thailand into world-wide distribution). Don\'t believe the hype. This is a low-budget, confusing movie that makes little sense even to Thais.

  • March 15, 2011 MatHam157
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    Uncle Boonmee's hypnotic power is unforgettable - as its glacial pacing and beautiful composition took me over, I felt like I began to give in to it, and it unexpectantly burrowed itself into my memory.

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'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives' Review: Yes, The Monkey Gods Must Be Crazy (NYFF)

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David Ehrlich on Sep 27th, 2010 2:53PM

I never expected Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul to become this popular. For one, his name is Apichatpong Weerasethakul (but he insists you call him "Joe"). Moreover, his films are gauzy...

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