Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 2, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Languorous and deeply enigmatic, Palme d'Or winner Uncle Boonmee represents an original take on the ghosts that haunt us.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Weerasethakul's sincerity is evident, though the film's meditative pace and vague philosophical undertones will not be for everyone.

Justin Chang

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.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

Leaving his traditionally bifurcated structures behind, Apitchatpong Weerasethakul plunges even further into the realm of tropical surrealism, tapping into parallel realities and past lives with a delicate restraint that is all his own.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

Uncle Boonmee is art that embraces, rather than reorders, life's chaos.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"Uncle Boonmee" is a pleasant enough experience, but it doesn't say anything and is instead content to merely project the sort of neo-Orientalism of which festival programmers and art-house patrons are so enamored.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
I arrived puzzled at the end of this film wondering if Uncle Boonmee could really recall his past lives, and although the direction is tight and careful, the… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a fragmented, calm recollection of memories that ponders on life and reincarnation. Metaphoric to the evolution… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A lot of people criticise Uncle Boonmee for it's lack of a solid narrative.… More
Greg S
Thai farmer Boonme meets spirits and ghosts and experiences past lives as he calmly prepares for his death. Unfortunately, this film will earn the title… More
Randy Tippy
I don't mind dead wives showing up for dinner as uninvited guests but when a Sasquatch starts to browse your old photo albums THAT is where things get a… More
Bob O'Reilly
*** It's well known that peoples of the far east feel a closer connection to the afterlife than us westerners. As a result much of their cinematic… More