Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
“If, as Apichatpong suggests, cinema can be a means of erasing consciousness and the past, its more exalted function is to reconcile - to bring together past, present and future (“I have no concept of time any more,” says Huay). Hence the enigmatic, unspecific coexistence of time frames in a film that — while nowhere near as formally fragmented as Syndromes - is nevertheless a subtly miraculous device for generating perplexity. In the vision of reincarnation that animates Boonmee, all times and beings coexist in a haze of simultaneity, sonically embodied by the immersively dense jungle sounds in which the film is steeped. An episode about a princess in the forest is at once an ancient myth - a Thai conflation of Narcissus and Leda, and itself a pastiche reincarnation of old Thai cinema —and also an event that seems to be happening while Boonmee’s family is sitting down to dinner. Similarly, the unexplained opening sequence about a buffalo running off into the forest could be simply a scene from local life, or an ur-event underlying this film’s particular story, perhaps a primal episode from Boonmee’s past lives.”
Sight & Sound, Dec2010, Vol. 20, Issue 12
The trailer for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance Of Reality
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