Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Instead of starting this year’s Horror Month off with a bang, I’m opting for a sigh.
I’ve seen Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s sixth feature film. In 2010 it was screened at the Cannes film festival and won the Prix du Jury.

I rented the DVD from Bay Street Video several years ago and fell in love with the film’s eccentric, very laid back vibe. There isn’t much of a story; the film is perhaps more like a meditation on life and the afterlife with a widower farmer suffering from kidney disease as he approaches death. It isn’t frightening, nor do I think it was meant to be. But it presents a fascinating glimpse of how a culture–one many people don’t know much about–deals with death.

In addition to the farmer’s visits from deceased relatives, there is another (shorter) narrative about an unhappy Princess who finds love in the arms of a sizeable catfish.

Yes, it’s bizarre, but I heard people say that about The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Weirdness is relative.

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