Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

  • 12
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2010)
  • UK / Thai / Fr / Ger / Sp / Neth / US (SUB)
  • 108 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Fantasy drama starring Thanapat Saisaymar. Deep in rural Thailand an ailing farmer is visited by the ghosts of his wife and son as he contemplates the reason for his illness.

Cast and crew

Cast

Boonmee
Thanapat Saisaymar
Jen
Jenjira Pongpass
Tong
Sakda Kaewbuadee
Jaii
Samud Kugasang
Huay
Natthakam Aphaiwonk
Boonsong
Geerasak Kulhong

Crew

Director
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Other Information

Language: 
Thai +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
New Wave Films
Guidance: 
Sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 19 Nov 2010
Certificate 12
Distributor:
New Wave Films
Categories
Drama