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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 ... Boonmee
Jenjira Pongpas ... Jen / Huay's sister
Sakda Kaewbuadee ... Tong / Boonmee's nephew
Natthakarn Aphaiwonk Natthakarn Aphaiwonk ... Huay / Boonmee's deceased wife
Geerasak Kulhong ... Boonsong / Boonmee's son
Wallapa Mongkolprasert ... Princess
Kanokporn Tongaram Kanokporn Tongaram ... Roong / Jen's friend (as Kanokporn Thongaram)
Samud Kugasang Samud Kugasang ... Jaai / Boonmee's assistant
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, who lives in a house on a farm with his sister-in-law Jen and his nephew Tong has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly Huay, 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, he treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave - the birthplace of his first life.

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A central theme of the film is the transformation and possible extinction of cinema itself. The film consists of six reels each shot in a different cinematic style. The styles include, by the words of the director, "old cinema with stiff acting and classical staging", "documentary style", "costume drama" and "my kind of film when you see long takes of animals and people driving". Weerasethakul further explained in an interview with Bangkok Post: "When you make a film about recollection and death, you realize that cinema is also facing death. Uncle Boonmee is one of the last pictures shot on film - now everybody shoots digital. It's my own little lamentation". 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 »

Quotes

Jen: Boonsong, your hair has grown so long.
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Connections

Referenced in Lindenstraße: Alarmzeichen (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Acrophobia
Written, Produced, and Vocals by Jettamon Malayota (as Jettamont Malayoda)
Mixed Down and Mastered by Penguin Villa and Vannareut Pongprayoon
at Smallroom Publishing Rights and Copyright: Smallroom Co., Ltd.
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Beautiful shots, but not much else.
8 November 2010 | by YourMovieSucksDOTorgSee all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie for the second time. I saw it twice because I was torn between making the decision of whether it was absolute garbage, or a work of genius. It's pretty much garbage. Sorry.

Picture this: you download some pictures of Thai forests and caves from National Geographic. You then download "Forest Sounds Vol. 2". You play a slide-show of these pictures whilst listening to the ominous and atmospheric sounds of the jungle. After about 10 minutes, you stop what you're doing and sit in a corner for an hour and a half. Then, you go back to your slide-show and sound effects for another 10 minutes. This is the movie in a nutshell.

There are some beautiful shots within the movie, and it's obvious there was some talent because they make a point to keep these still shots on the screen for as long as possible. The background sounds add a lot to the movie as well, but everything else was just plain bad. All of the acting was quiet and monotonous, and it didn't make it seem more natural at all.

The dialogue was terrible. Nothing made sense. As much as I would love to be even more pretentious about movies than I already am, and rave about how people don't understand this movie, there actually is really nothing to understand. All of the characters were the same. Any subtleties within them are just projections of the viewer filling in the blanks, and believe me, they are blank.

The majority of the movie was filler.

Garbage.


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Release Date:

1 September 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Thailand

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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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1.85 : 1
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