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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

I'd never seen anything quite like Uncle Boonmee before. It's a Thai film and, despite knowing nothing about their society, I'm guessing it's steeped in folklore and tradition; it appears that almost all cultures share the same basic ghost stories and fables. The narrative is presented through a number of different cinematic styles with an elusive non-western style dream-like quality, but mostly plays out like a documentary. I was enthralled. It's very weird and very slow.

3½ strange family mealtimes out of 5

2 comments:

budarc said...

Creepy cover. I like it.

Dr Faustus said...

Those things are wiggins central.
They were a kind of dark, evil, larger and hairier cousin of Miyazaki's Kodama.
The film will bore most people to death.