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3.9
1,078 Ratings

Cemetery of Splendour

Rak ti Khon Kaen

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.

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Cemetery of Splendour Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Itt’s dreams are particularly vivid and, as channeled and described by Keng, take Jen into Thailand’s deep, tumultuous past. Nevertheless, and despite a brief visit from two goddesses, “Cemetery of Splendor” is more matter-of-fact than visionary. Somewhat paradoxically, it’s also Mr. Weerasethakul’s most serene film.
August 25, 2016
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Weerasethakul erases the line between dream and reality using only the barest of means. This essential film followed me around for weeks after I saw it.
August 12, 2016
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A vital addition to a cogent body of work… More sedate than Uncle Boonmee, but no less radical, challenging or beguiling.
June 14, 2016
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