Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (still), 2010; image: courtesy Strand Releasing


Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Part of Modern Cinema: Criterion Collection and Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a unique tale of a man embracing life’s greatest mystery. Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. 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.

“[The film] is an homage to my home, and to a certain kind of cinema I grew up with. I believe in the transmigration of souls between humans, plants, animals, and ghosts. Uncle Boonmeeʼs story shows the relationship between man and animal and at the same time destroys the line dividing them.” —Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Director’s Statement

Film Details

Countries: UK/Thailand/Germany/France/Spain
Language: Thai
Year: 2010
Running time: 113 min
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Producers: Simon Field, Hans W. Geissendörfer
Writer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cinematographers: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Yukontorn Mingmongkon, Charin Pengpanich
Editor: Lee Chatametikool
With: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee
Print Source: Strand Releasing

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