Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives ★★★★★

I've seen this film several times over the past decade, and it's still my favorite film of the 2010's. When I was first saw it in the theater I had seen Weerasethakul's Syndromes and A Century and liked it, but Boonmee left me tired and puzzled.

Seeing it at home multiple times over the past few years has really opened up the film to me. It's not an easy film to get into- it's very slow and the narrative is very basic and somehow elusive at the same time- but the rewards it offers up feel unique, even among Apichatpong Weerasethakul's films. This is a masterpiece that shifts your view of reality. A.W. and his team create these beautiful spaces with the frames and mix all sorts of meditative styles with strange folklore and dry humor to draw you in- by the end it feels like you're in a trance, like you're meditating and experiencing different types of reality. Few films can accomplish the unique feeling this one does with its contemplative images and soundscapes. These are exactly the type of things I look for in cinema. The opening scene might be among my favorite opening scenes, and the last 30 minutes or so with the scenes in the jungle and cave are up there too. They're completely mesmerizing.

There isn't much more for me to say that I haven't said in past reviews. This film is excellent and I'll never get sick of re-watching it.

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