Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Uncle Boonmee

Tim Burton called it "a beautiful strange dream." Critics have hailed it as mysterious, whimsical, magic, wondrous. It won the Palm D'Or in Cannes. Yet, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is completely befuddling.

But also mesmerizing. For a westerner, the pace of the Thai film can seem deliberately slow with its long, naturalistic shots of animals, waterfalls, forests and caves, which makes the movie seem like an extended daydream. If you're looking for meaning, though, this dream is specially hard to decipher.

Taking turns between weird and creepy, this fable-like tale has a talking fish, people that return from the dead and a monk dislocated in time. But the scariest of if all? Ghost monkeys with shining red eyes in the forest...

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