Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
GBR, Thailand, FRA, DEU, ESP 2010
113 min

Uncle Boonmee has decided to spend his last days in the Thai countryside, surrounded by his loved ones. To his surprise, he is visited by the ghost of his dead wife and also his long lost son, who returns home in a non-human form – that of a man-sized hairy animal with blazing red eyes. Boonmee dwells on his past lives as he contemplates the reasons for his illness, and towards the end of the film treks through the jungle, with his family, to reach a mysterious and beautiful hilltop cave – the birthplace of his first life.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a beautifully entrancing film, simple in story but complex in structure and subtext. Weerasethakul never makes it clear who or what Uncle Boonmee’s past lives were – they could be the buffalo who escapes from the farm at the start of the film, the catfish which sexually toys with a facially disfigured princess in the centre of the film, or even flies that are swatted by a batterypowered fan – but rather lets the audience’s imagination decide. (Mark Adams)

In the presence of Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Simon Field (producer).

  • Sakda Kaewbuadee - Tong
  • Thanapat Saisaymar - Boonmee
  • Jenjira Pongpas - Jen
  • Nattakarn Aphaiwonk - Huay
  • Geerasak Kulhong - Boonsong
  • Kanokporn Thongaram - Roong
  • Samud Kugasang - Jaai
  • Wallapa Mongkolprasert - Prinzessin
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
  • Yukontorn Mingmongkon
  • Charin Pengpanich
  • Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
  • Shimizu Koichi
  • Chalermrat Kaweewattana
  • Lee Chatametikool
  • Akekarat Homlaor
  • Chatchai Chaiyon
Illuminations Films, Kick the Machine Films, Anna Sanders Films, The Match Factory, GFF Geissendoerfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Eddie Saeta S.A.

The Match Factory

Stadtkino Filmverleih
35 mm
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