"After kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee goes to the countryside to die surrounded by his family. Through yoga he has developed a pronounced body awareness, he suspects that he has only a few hours left until death. At the house on the edge of the rainforest, Boonmee encounters the spirit of his deceased wife Huay during dinner. She lovingly cares for him and lets him know that spirits are not tied to places, but to living people. They both meet their missing son Boonsong, who appears in the form of a forest spirit with red glowing eyes. Boonmee and Huay can recognize him by his voice. Together with Huay and Boonsong, Boonmee sets off through the jungle in search of the origins of his first life."
"Uncle Boonmeeis a sensual immersion, an otherworldly fable that lingers on earthly sensations, a film about a dying man filled with mysterious signs of life. Apichatpong's vision is above all a generous one: In the threat of extinction, he sees the possibility of regeneration."
Film at Lincoln Center
"The great power of this film, it's in the absolute trust that cinema is a wonderful perceptual space that creates shared experiences. It's worth engaging in with an open mind."
Walter Ruggle, Trigon-film
Contributors and additional information:
114 min. color. 35 mm. OV/d/f
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Screenplay: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cinematography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editing: Lee Chatametikool
Starring: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee
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