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Cemetery of Splendor (2015)

Rak ti Khon Kaen (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 2 September 2015 (France)
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A group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenjira Pongpas Jenjira Pongpas ... Jenjira (as Jenjira Pongpas Widner)
Banlop Lomnoi Banlop Lomnoi ... Itt
Jarinpattra Rueangram Jarinpattra Rueangram ... Keng
Petcharat Chaiburi Petcharat Chaiburi ... Nurse Tet
Tawatchai Buawat Tawatchai Buawat ... The Mediator
Sujittraporn Wongsrikeaw Sujittraporn Wongsrikeaw ... Goddess 1
Bhattaratorn Senkraigul Bhattaratorn Senkraigul ... Goddess 2
Sakda Kaewbuadee ... Teng
Pongsadhorn Lertsukon Pongsadhorn Lertsukon ... Library's Director
Sasipim Piwansenee Sasipim Piwansenee ... Cream Hostess
Apinya Unphanlam Apinya Unphanlam ... Singing Woman
Richard Abramson Richard Abramson ... Richard Widner
Kammanit Sansuklerd Kammanit Sansuklerd ... Parasite Doctor
Boonyarak Bodlakorn Boonyarak Bodlakorn ... Dr. Prasan
Wacharee Nagvichien Wacharee Nagvichien ... Soldier's Wife
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Storyline

Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including colored light therapy, to ease the mens' troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt's cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may be a connection between the soldiers' enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen's tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Official site [Japan]

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Thai | English

Release Date:

2 September 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cemetery of Splendor See more »

Filming Locations:

Khon Khaen, Thailand

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,780, 6 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,765, 5 June 2016
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Dolby Surround 7.1

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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In Spain was released in 9 theaters only in subtitled version. See more »

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When Itt and Jenjira are eating dinner in the city, several bystanders are seen looking and pointing at the crew. See more »

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Sign Post: Hunger for Heaven will lead you to Hell
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A Mysterious Bout of Narcolepsy
2 August 2015 | by Albert_OrrSee all my reviews

Cemetery of Splendour is a serene and mystical meditation on spiritual connection and dreaming. But Weerasethakul's first feature since 'Uncle Boonmee' will not be for everyone - it will either send you into deep spiritual contemplation, or send you to sleep.

The setting is a makeshift hospice in Thailand for soldiers with Narcalepsy; a sleeping condition in which patients are almost always asleep. Jen, a middle-aged woman with a physical impairment, is assigned to look after one of the soldiers as a volunteer. She rubs cream into his muscles, and takes him out for meals when he is awake. But beneath the ebb and flow of life at the hospice, there are other spiritual forces at play; talk of an ancient cemetery, and the spirits of kings and goddesses.

The film is shot beautifully. The camera stays fixed in wide angle - each scene being a window through which the characters enter and connect, reminiscent of the work of Bela Tarr. I think the camera moved twice the entire film.

Cemetery of Splendour is most definitely a slow burner. I'd go as far as to say that it doesn't really reach any heights of dramatic or narrative tension. The film is much more of an experiential, moody piece that lingers and floats like light sleep. I didn't quite understand it, and I almost fell asleep, but if the film is exploring Narcolepsy, then I think that's the point...


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