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Cemetery of Splendor(รักที่ขอนแก่น)

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Thailand, United Kingdom, Germany · 2015
2h 2m
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Starring Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram, Petcharat Chaiburi
Genre Drama, Fantasy

In a hospital in northern Thailand, ten soldiers are being treated for a mysterious sleeping sickness. Housewife and volunteer Jenjira watches over Itt, a stricken soldier who has no family. As Jenjira and Itt form a closer bond, Jenjira begins to discover a possible connection between the soldiers’ sickness and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic.

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The Film Stage by

[Joe's] latest film is as enveloping as anything he’s ever made: a work that’s as darkly comic on subjects as specific as hospital regulation as it is sober-minded about perils as universal as comfortable living, one open to the possibilities of spiritual awakening while confronting us with questions of belief.


Screen Daily by Allan Hunter

Maintaining his fondness for long, contemplative shots, Weerasethakul creates a deceptively serene sense of storytelling, with gentle grace notes of wry humour.


Time Out by David Ehrlich

Delicately placed on a sonic bedrock of chirping birds and distant traffic, Cemetery of Splendour is a whisper of a film that can only cast its spell if you let your breathing slow and give yourself over to the urgency of its spectral dimension.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

It is so lived-in and authentic in its real-world detail, and so enigmatic and mysterious in its diversions and sidelong glances, that it's difficult not to see it as overridingly personal, not just to the director but to the viewer. It's a true act of the most optimistic communication and communion.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

For the occasional lapse...there is often a striking image or sly moment of humour to take away and overall, the film rewards persistence.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

Past lives and ancient ancestors are evoked through conversations that are both cryptic and oddly matter-of-fact, in a work that has the realistic vibe of a documentary but the unearthly qualities of a sustained reverie.


Variety by Justin Chang

While Cemetery of Splendor is unabashedly a work of slow cinema, the oft-hurled pejorative of “difficult” seems a particularly poor fit for a film whose unforced lyricism could scarcely be more graceful or inviting.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It is such a strange film in its way, stranger still if you are not accustomed to Weerasethakul’s work, and it needs a real investment of attention. But there is something sublime in it.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

This is the same wondrous journey on which Apichatpong sends his audience: inwards and downwards, to a place where the simplest rhythms of everyday life become hallowed and mythic.

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