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Cemetery of Splendour
8.1
/10
3,121 Ratings

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR

Rak ti Khon Kaen

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Thailand, United Kingdom, 2015
Drama, Avant-Garde, Fantasy

Synopsis

A group of soldiers are afflicted with a mysterious sleeping sickness. They stay in a temporary clinic where a volunteer, Jenjira, befriends a soldier, Itt. Jenjira enlists the help of a young psychic to plumb Itt’s soul, releasing memories of loved ones and thoughts, allowing him to communicate.

Synopsis

A group of soldiers are afflicted with a mysterious sleeping sickness. They stay in a temporary clinic where a volunteer, Jenjira, befriends a soldier, Itt. Jenjira enlists the help of a young psychic to plumb Itt’s soul, releasing memories of loved ones and thoughts, allowing him to communicate.

Our take

Filled with humor, dreams, and tenderness, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour might be his most ravishing film to date. With his signature slow cinema style, he infuses Thai spiritualism into the quotidian, rendering visits to a small-town hospital a magnificent, eerie experience.