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Syndromes and a Century (2006)
"Sang sattawat" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  13 June 2007 (France)
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Story about director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents who were both doctors, and director's memories about growing up in the hospital environment.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nantarat Sawaddikul ...
Dr. Toey
Jaruchai Iamaram ...
Dr. Nohng
Sophon Pukanok ...
Noom
Jenjira Pongpas ...
Pa Jane
Arkanae Cherkam ...
Ple
Sakda Kaewbuadee ...
Sakda
Nu Nimsomboon ...
Toa
Wanna Wattanajinda ...
Dr. Wan
Sin Kaewpakpin ...
Old Monk
Putthithorn Kammak ...
Off, a young patient
Manasanant Porndispong ...
Dr. Nant, a haematologist
Apirak Mitrpracha ...
Dr. Neng, Off's therapist
Norathep Panyanavakij ...
Temple boy with old monk
Nitipong Tinthupthai ...
Koh
Rangsan Sutthimaneenun ...
Hospital director
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Story about director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents who were both doctors, and director's memories about growing up in the hospital environment.

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$5,518 (USA) (20 April 2007)

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$16,340 (USA) (20 July 2007)
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Artistically filmed, but tried my patience
12 July 2008 | by (Boulder, CO) – See all my reviews

There is a story to be found here somewhere, but it is cleverly hidden among a grab bag of images. Ostensibly it is about the director's parents who were both doctors. But they are on screen for about 10% of the movie.

Director Weerasethakul uses skillful framing and subtle color to create some remarkable images. There are some very sensual scenes of natural settings. The majority of scenes seem to be thrown in due to random firings in the director's brain. There are long slow takes circling statues that come from nowhere and go nowhere and lots of prolonged shots of people staring into space. There is one scene capturing a perfectly ordinary dental procedure that goes on for several minutes and another scene of great length of an exhaust vent sucking smoke out of a room. This latter is somewhat transfixing, but I can't see why it's there.

The movie creates a mood, but I often found that mood to be one of annoyance. If anyone can explain the meaning of the English title ("Syndromes and a Century") please let me know.

This one is definitely for the art house crowd.


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