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Syndromes and a Century (2006)

Sang sattawat (original title)
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

Gross USA:

$16,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,649
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#10, tied with "Ne touchez pas à la hache" and "Hei yan quan") See more »

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impressionistic art film
19 January 2008 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

It's important to point out that the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul are clearly an acquired taste. This Thai director makes movies that bear only a passing resemblance to the kind of narrative-laced dramas with which audiences in the West are most comfortable and familiar. His works reflect a Buddhist philosophy of deep inner reflection and unhurried contemplation of the moment - and, thus, they demand patience and an open mind from the viewer. But those willing to sample the strange exotic brew that is "Syndromes and a Century" (the title itself is enigmatic) will find ample rewards in the consumption.

There's little point in trying to explain what "Syndromes and a Century" is "about," since it serves no purpose to think of a Weerasethakul film in such terms. As a largely impressionistic work, the movie is more concerned with mood, feeling and setting than it is with conventional drama. Watching a Weerasethakul film is a bit like trying to solve a puzzle for which very few clues are provided. The "story," such as it is, involves two doctors - a woman working in a rural clinic and a man working in a big-city hospital - and their various encounters with patients, lovers and colleagues. We're told that the story was inspired by the romance of Weerasethakul's parents, though the obscurity of its presentation renders that explanation virtually meaningless. Often, an earlier scene is enacted a second time, though in an entirely different setting and from an opposing angle. This leads to even more confusion on the part of the viewer.

But it is style, rather than plot, that is of primary importance here. "Syndromes and a Century" is comprised almost entirely of beautifully composed and rigorously sustained medium and long shots, with few close-ups, very little camera movement and only minimal editing within scenes. Thus, even though we may not always understand fully what is going on, we are lulled into the movie by the seductive, hypnotic rhythms and style of the film-making.

"Syndromes and a Century" is not as compelling as Weerasethakul's previous film, the lushly transcendent and utterly spellbinding "Tropical Malady," but it should definitely appeal to anyone with a taste for the enigmatic, the exotic and the abstract.


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