Film Reviews, Short Review

ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ [Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives] (2010)

3/4

Contemplative cinema, or as I like to call it ‘drone cinema’, such as the work of Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul can be hard to truly enjoy if one is in the wrong mood. I appreciated Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives very much. For a film about death it is very easygoing and relaxed, and its philosophical edge is complex but not overbearing – effectively it is the opposite of an Ingmar Bergman film. Yet, I cannot say I was truly lost in the film, at least not on this occasion. I sense that one day, I will sit down and watch this film again, and if I am in a more receptive mood then I will understand this film far more fully than I did this time.

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