This film is an experimental mix of documentary and fiction. The film crew travels from the Thai countryside to Bangkok, asking the people they encounter along the way to continue a story ... See full summary »
Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave - the birthplace of his first life. Written by
Inspired by the book "A Man Who Can Recall Past Lives" by Phra Sripariyattiweti of Sang Arun Forest Monastery, Khon Kaen. Published in August 23, 1983. See more »
The first time a ghost appears, during dinner, the nephew passes the ghost a glass of water. You can see the ghost image superimposed over the nephew's arm when he places the glass of water on the table. See more »
The Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival, and number 2 on Film Comment's list of the Top 20 Films of 2011. This film is a surrealistic journey that is probably best understood by those who have a Buddhist mindset, but it is not really a difficult film: a dying man meets the spirits of his past. You may not accept that premise as realistic, but it is a wonderful journey, nonetheless.
What is reality anyway? Is it what is going on around us, or is it what we perceive in our minds as going on? Maybe this is schizophrenia, but maybe it is real. It was real enough for Uncle Boonmee. His past visits him and we share in his reality.
There is probably a lot more going on here, but, as I said, a Buddhist thinker would get those things I missed.
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