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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Loong Boonmee raleuk chat

Thailand, Spain, 2010
Comedy, Avant-Garde, Fantasy


Dying from kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee spends his final days in the countryside, where he has visions of his past lives and is visited by different spirits and loved ones. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave…

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2010 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Independent Spirit Awards

2011 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Village Voice Film Poll

2011 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

It is a film of permeable borders, between Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, between life and death, man and animal. It has the same kind of space-time permeability of The Intruder, where bodies are way stations, not endpoints.
August 23, 2016
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Apichatpong long ago announced himself as one of the most important filmmakers working today, but no feature so deftly illustrates his formal command as Uncle Boonmee. Blending a historical remove redolent of Hou Hsiao-hsien with a magic-realist disregard for physics, the film floats through time not so much as an observer but an active participant, giddily disrupting the continuum with puckish insertions like monkey spirits.
July 02, 2015
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I think that the particular manner in which I first viewed the film [drifting in and out of sleep] speaks to a quality within it that continues to haunt and beguile me some three (fully conscious) viewings later: namely, a deep understanding of the indeterminate connection between the structure of the screen image and the nature of semi-conscious experience.
April 26, 2013
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