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Sang sattawat (2006)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nantarat Sawaddikul Nantarat Sawaddikul ... Dr. Toey
Jaruchai Iamaram Jaruchai Iamaram ... Dr. Nohng
Sophon Pukanok Sophon Pukanok ... Noom
Jenjira Pongpas Jenjira Pongpas ... Pa Jane
Arkanae Cherkam Arkanae Cherkam ... Ple
Sakda Kaewbuadee ... Sakda
Nu Nimsomboon Nu Nimsomboon ... Toa
Wanna Wattanajinda Wanna Wattanajinda ... Dr. Wan
Sin Kaewpakpin Sin Kaewpakpin ... Old Monk
Putthithorn Kammak Putthithorn Kammak ... Off, a young patient
Manasanant Porndispong Manasanant Porndispong ... Dr. Nant, a haematologist
Apirak Mitrpracha Apirak Mitrpracha ... Dr. Neng, Off's therapist
Norathep Panyanavakij Norathep Panyanavakij ... Temple boy with old monk
Nitipong Thinthupthai Nitipong Thinthupthai ... Koh (as Nitipong Tinthupthai)
Rangsan Sutthimaneenun 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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Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Thailand | France | Austria

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

13 June 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Syndromes and a Century See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,518, 22 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,340, 22 July 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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One of seven films commissioned by the New Crowned Hope Festival, part of Vienna's Mozart Year in 2006. See more »

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Bad, inconsequential thoughts gather in our brain.
27 March 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I never had a dentist sing to me while he worked. It's just as well as I usually fall asleep. It is just one of the strange things that happen in this rural hospital. But the stories and the characters seem tangential. They focus is on the sets. Whether the hospital, the farmer's market, or the orchid farm; the sets seem to be what Apichatpong Weerasethakul is emphasizing.

People may be talking or singing, but the camera is on a window with the sun shining through, and it stays there for a long time.

There is no continuity. Scenes shift aimlessly with no apparent purpose. You almost feel like you are watching a Godfrey Reggio film with some dialog.

The film suddenly shifts to a city hospital, and we see some of the same scenes repeated. Where the first half was very feminine, the second half takes on a masculine tone.

The dentist doesn't sing, he has an assistant, and everything is sterile. The doctors seem more matter-of-fact, almost uncaring.

One thing is consistent, and that is a large white Buddha. It sits on the ground of both stories.

After a long shot of a hallway, the screen goes black leaving you wondering. It is a true art film for those who appreciate what a filmmaker can do and who are not upset by the lack of story.

A Zen kōan.


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