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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives(ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ)

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Thailand, United Kingdom, France · 2010
1h 54m
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Starring Sakda Kaewbuadee, Jenjira Pongpas, Thanapat Saisaymar, Natthakarn Aphaiwonk
Genre Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Suffering from kidney failure, Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave—the birthplace of his first life.

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Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

This film thoughtfully addresses death and faith, and masterfully traverses genres while tracing a throughline, but not quite reaching a thesis. In its realistic moments, it depicts life as we live it and doesn’t try to artificially make small moments and familial bonds more moving or meaningful than the individual audience member will inevitably find them

What are critics saying?


Empire by

A gentle trance-out and the strangest Palme d'Or winner in a while.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

A work of unostentatious beauty and uncloying sweetness, at once sophisticated and artless, mysterious and matter-of-fact, cosmic and humble, it asks only a measure of Boonmeevian acceptance: The movie doesn't mean anything-it simply is.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

What you see and hear always seems perfectly natural, even if you can't exactly say why. Who needs words when you have cinema?


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

As Joe blurs the line between reality and the supernatural, his haunting and hypnotic film exerts a hold you don't want to break. It's a beauty.


Boxoffice Magazine by Richard Mowe

A whimsical essay about the final days of a villager suffering from kidney failure it is undoubtedly one of the filmmaker's most accessible works.


Movieline by Stephanie Zacharek

If anything, Joe's sense of dream logic is more naturalistic than Lynch's, more grounded in the knowable world - as much, that is, as we can know about nature - and the luminous Uncle Boonmee is no exception.

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