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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 1 September 2010 (France)
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Dying of kidney disease, a man spends his last, somber days with family, including the ghost of his wife and a forest spirit who used to be his son, on a rural northern Thailand farm.

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Phra Sripariyattiweti (inspired by the book of), Apichatpong Weerasethakul
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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Thailand | UK | France | Germany | Spain | Netherlands

Language:

Thai | French | Lao

Release Date:

1 September 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,540, 6 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,605, 7 August 2011
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Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Apichatpong Weerasethakul says that a man named Boonmee approached Phra Sripariyattiweti, the abbot of a Buddhist temple in his home town, claiming he could clearly remember his own previous lives while meditating. The abbot was so impressed with Boonmee's ability that he published a book called A Man Who Can Recall His Past Lives in 1983. By the time Apichatpong read the book, Boonmee had died. The original idea was to adapt the book into a biographical film about Boonmee. However, that was soon abandoned to make room for a more personal film, while still using the book's structure and content as inspiration. See more »

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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 »

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

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Written, Produced, and Vocals by Jettamon Malayota (as Jettamont Malayoda)
Mixed Down and Mastered by Penguin Villa and Vannareut Pongprayoon
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Elegant and sublime...
17 March 2011 | by JoshuaDysartSee all my reviews

In a spirit haunted primordial jungle a joyful man is quietly, harmlessly dying, though there is never less than a smile on his face.

The phases of his life play out before him. He is a farmer, a soldier, teller of myths, a husband, a father, an uncle. All these things quietly take their place in the narrative until the time when he must enter the underworld and pass on, guided by those who love him, both living and dead.

As Boonmee reflects on his life the arc of Thailand plays out as well. From contemplative agrarian past, through the time of fables, to the war with the communist and on into the disaffected, modernist future where we see ourselves seeing ourselves seeing ourselves.

All told with a minimal amount of fuss and effects, sewn together with threads of human intimacy, small gestures, a little sly humor and an over all meditative, knowing, measured rhythm.

There was another movie out last year that claimed it was about dreams... an American film. It made a lot of money but felt false and boisterous. Nothing about it felt like dreaming to me at all. This movie IS a dream. Everything about it feels like a dream. The difference between the two is the difference between spectacle and ritual. Uncle Boonmee is ritualized cinema in its purest form, ancient in its wisdom and avant-garde in its form.


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