Cemetery of Splendour

Cemetery of Splendour

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2015)

115min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Echoes of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's previous films (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the Palme D'Or at Cannes) reverberate around this languid meditation on spirits, deities, memory, patriotism and mortality. At the core is the relationship between Banlop Lomnoi, a soldier suffering from a mysterious sleeping sickness, and disabled volunteer Jenjira Pongpas Widner, who communicates with her patient through medium Jarinpattra Rueangram at a makeshift clinic in Khon Kaen, north-east Thailand. Typically, Weerasethakul dots the measured and meticulously composed action with moments of quirky humour (one involving an erection). But the sight of goddesses at large in the human sphere proves as beguiling as the therapeutic light display captured in all its glowing glory by cinematographer Diego Garcia. It's possible to detect an allegorical discussion of Thailand's recent travails, but this distinctive blend of lyricism and mysticism is to be experienced as much as understood.

Summary

A group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness. Fantasy drama, starring Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi and Jarinpattra Rueangram. In Thai.

Cast & Crew

Jenjira Jenjira Pongpass
Itt Banlop Lomnoi
Keng Jarinpattra Rueangram
Nurse Tet Petcharat Chaiburi
Meditation instructor Tawatchai Buawat
Tong Sakda Kaewbuadee
Richard Richard Abramson
Dr Prasan Boonyarak Bodlakorn
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul
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Other Information

Language: Thai +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: New Wave FilmsGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Jun 2016
Drama