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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
"Loong Boonmee raleuk chat" (original title)

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On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee, recalls his many past lives.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thanapat Saisaymar ...
Boonmee
Jenjira Pongpas ...
Jen
Sakda Kaewbuadee ...
Natthakarn Aphaiwonk ...
Huay
Geerasak Kulhong ...
Boonsong
Wallapa Mongkolprasert ...
Princess
Kanokporn Tongaram ...
Roong (as Kanokporn Thongaram)
Samud Kugasang ...
Jaai
Sumit Suebsee ...
Soldier
Mathieu Ly ...
Farmer
Vien Pimdee ...
Farmer
Akachai Aodvieng
Prakasit Padsena
Nikom Kammach
Chophaka Chaiyuchit
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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 Lament

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Opening Weekend:

$23,540 (USA) (4 March 2011)

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$183,605 (USA) (5 August 2011)
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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 »

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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

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One of 2011's best films
14 January 2012 | by (Leesburg, FL) – See all my reviews

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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