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24 May 2010 :: 10:05:06 am 21778

Thailand’s “Uncle Boonmee” Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives somewhat controversially took out the coveted Palme d’Or award at the recent Cannes Film Festival, the first director from Thailand to do so. Entering the competition as a ‘dark horse’ Uncle Boonmee enthralled the majority with an intriguing plot about a dying man having strange encounters with the ghosts of his past lives.
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives:

Full of mystery, magic and imagination a realm of fantasy. A middle aged man who retired to North East Thailand to be with his family is dying from an illness.  He spends his free time with his bees, taking in the air and admiring the countryside around him.  Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, creates a wonderful web of magic and mystery.

As Uncle Boonmee is dining with his family, his long deceased wife Huay (Natthakarn  Aphaiwonk) appears along with his long lost son who appears in the form of a monkey man with eyes that resemble red lasers. They enter into a long conversation of joy and sadness and the displacement that death brings to them and Boonmee questions his wife on the afterworld and if he would find her when his time comes.

Later, Boonmee travels with his family deep into the jungle to a cave. There are many references to animals in a mythological sense and over the length of the film, the reincarnated ape, (his son) and a cat fish are featured in a bizarre sex scene where the two apparently perform cunnilingus on a woman. The woman meets the talking catfish, swims into the lake with it then opens her legs in an unforgettable bonking moment. The assumption is that Boonmee was a buffalo or a cat fish in a previous life.

Many elements of the film remain secretive, while conveying the other parts of Thailand which makes it all the more appealing. The magic of Uncle Boonmee makes all the viewers feel like the odd ones with the imaginary, impenetrable rationalisations.

The ghosts, in the form of monkeys are described as past people but in the same way as ghosts, are able to be in the present time and to make an impact doubling in numbers as they are chased and attacked by hunters.

Victoria Pollard

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