Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
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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... -- (C) Strand

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Weerasethakul's sincerity is evident, though the film's meditative pace and vague philosophical undertones will not be for everyone."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"While the result is pretty much the definition of a film that should be experienced, not explained, there's no sense here that Weerasethakul is being difficult for difficult's sake, or even attempting to conceal his mysteries."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is boring and completely fails to engage on any level. Simply put, it's much too strange for its own good."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"Uncle Boonmee is about ... the moments when our worlds expand; when our outlines turn out to be more porous than we thought."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"One to absorb, to wonder at, and, perhaps most significantly, to give exposure to lines of thinking that one might not be familiar with."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"This is a film that wants to be interesting, and it certainly is that. Whether you want to dine with the ghost and the monkey-man or not, they bring a new perspective to the table."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It playfully invokes both the lifestyle and animistic beliefs of the Northeast country folk, and the primitive magic of early Thai cinema, relating both of these to his musings on reincarnation."
‑ Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter
"A film about recurrent visions and round-trip journeys: a movie not just about previous incarnations but about the possibilities of multiple and diverging paths into the future and out of the past"
‑ Chuck Stephens, Film Comment Magazine
"Uncle Boonmee is a film to be experienced for its immediacy and thought upon for its ineffability."
‑ Michael Nordine, Film Threat
"Beguiling, frequently baffling and frustrating."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"As is to be expected, Weerasethakul frequently abandons the story for trancelike contemplations of nature, but never before in his work has the device felt more purposeful."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"If you are open, even in fancy, to the idea of ghosts who visit the living, this film is likely to be a curious but rather bemusing experience."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Weerasethakul's sixth feature is a typically slowburning experience of art cinema that doesn't feature a single spoken word until eight minutes in and is as equally enchanting as it is infuriating."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Fits neatly into Weerasethakul's cinema-shaking oeuvre of beautiful experimentation. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A stunningly beautiful visual experimental Buddhist film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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