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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2010)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady) once more exercises his unique gift for finding the extraordinary in the everyday, in 2010's surprise Cannes Palme d'Or winner. Very much an acquired taste, this strange tale of a dying man visited by family ghosts is unlikely to convert the uninitiated from dull bewilderment to a state of ethereal serenity. For Weerasethakul, there's a metaphysical fascination in ordinary humanity - get on his mystical wavelength and the rewards are a genuinely haunted atmosphere, with the eerie appearance of Boonmee's long-lost son as a red-eyed monkey spirit, and keen emotional resonance, as mournful spectres from the past interact with the present day. With some broad humour and Thai politics thrown into the unconventional mix, the film's stark approach to the fantastic and supernatural won't appeal to the mainstream, despite a distinctive and visually arresting presentation.


A dying man who believes in reincarnation becomes aware that he has only 48 hours to live. He persuades his family to take him out of hospital so he can die at home, where he remembers the events of his past lives and is visited by spirits from his past. Fantasy drama, with Thanapat Saisaymar and Sakda Kaewbuadee. In Thai.

Cast & Crew

Boonmee Thanapat Saisaymar
Jen Jenjira Pongpass
Tong Sakda Kaewbuadee
Jaii Samud Kugasang
Huay Natthakam Aphaiwonk
Boonsong Geerasak Kulhong
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul
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Other Information

Language: Thai +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: New Wave Films Guidance: Sex scenes. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 19 Nov 2010


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