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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 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.

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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

Gross USA:

$184,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,214,424
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Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was listed second on Film Comment magazine's Best Films of 2011 list. See more »

Goofs

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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Huay: Heaven is over-rated. There's nothing there.
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3 December 2010 | by thisissubtitledmoviesSee all my reviews

excerpt - In 1983, Phra Sripariyattiweti, the abbot of a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, published a book telling the story of a man called Boonmee who had told him he could clearly remember his own past lives while meditating, "playing behind his closed eyes like a movie." By the time Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul had heard the story, Boonmee had died, so rather than attempt a straightforward biopic, he decided to use the idea and structure to make a far more personal film, reminiscent of the Thai horror films of his youth. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was released in early 2010 to critical acclaim, winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and boosting the profile of its director to worldwide recognition.

A bold, dream-like piece; confusing, befuddling, but often stunningly beautiful. It definitely won't be for everyone, many will find it confusing and impenetrable, but Uncle Boonmee could well mark an eye- opening new direction for film, with Weerasethakul's direction treading a unique new path for other filmmakers to follow.


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