Syndromes and a Century (Sang sattawat)
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Syndromes and a Century (Sang sattawat)
Set 40 years ago in a small town's hospital, juxtaposed with a similar hospital in the present day. It is a fictional recollection of the love and work of the filmmaker's parents before they finally became lovers, exploring both memories and everyday lives in two eras where a painfully shy young man is courting Dr. Aroon (who is drawn instead to an orchid expert), and a young monk has an unexplained attraction to a dentist.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"His fifth feature, Syndromes and a Century, might be [the director's] most purely intoxicating."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"It's absolutely mesmerizing."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The pic has a Buddhist aura surrounding it, leaving a warm and happy feeling with the viewer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Don't watch it for plot, or character development; revel instead in its evocation of warm, wistful moods, its sly sense of humour and its fierce commitment to creating a mystical cinema far from the orthodoxies of both independent and mainstream cinema."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"This curio sometimes bemuses, but it's utterly fresh and alive."
‑ Tom Charity, Total Film
"There's nothing here that resembles narrative urgency, but this is a quiet masterpiece, delicate and full of wonder."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Its rhymes and echoes make its folds endlessly fascinating."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A quieter, shorter but scarcely less idiosyncratic specimen of Rorschach cinema than Inland Empire."
‑ Bill Weber, Stylus Magazine
"Don't think of it as film. Think of it as a series of paintings that talk to each other, raptly and quietly."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"This portrait of life is all about the yin and the yang, so it follows that for everyone who finds it dull there are those who will be captivated."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"The latest daydreamy film from this Thai auteur of languor is fragrant with tender love and sly humor."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"You have to abandon any preconceived notions about movies and allow your mind to be seduced by the mystifying, occasionally humorous world of a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. You might even find yourself becoming a fan."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"As Ken Tynan said of Waiting for Godot, nothing happens, twice."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Profoundly mysterious, erotic, funny, gentle, playful, utterly distinctive, it is the work of the Thai director and installation-artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who now has a claim to be approaching the league of Kiarostami and Haneke."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Knowingly enigmatic, but more accessible than the director's previous works."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
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