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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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Trivia

The Thai title roughly translates as "Century's Light" with "Sang" meaning light and "Sattawat" meaning century. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Artistically filmed, but tried my patience
12 July 2008 | by bandwSee 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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