Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2009 NR CC

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(42) IMDb 6.6/10
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was the winner of the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. This fantasy story finds a dying man who is visited by his deceased wife in the form of a ghost and his lost son in the form of a hairy creature with glowing eyes, who help guide him on a journey to his first birthplace on earth. Melding ideas of reincarnation, karma and fairy tale elements, this critically acclaimed film is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience that director Tim Burton described as a strange, beautiful dream.

Starring:
Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, International
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Starring Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas
Supporting actors Sakda Kaewbuadee, Natthakarn Aphaiwonk, Geerasak Kulhong, Wallapa Mongkolprasert, Kanokporn Tongaram, Samud Kugasang, Sumit Suebsee, Mathieu Ly, Vien Pimdee, Akachai Aodvieng, Prakasit Padsena, Nikom Kammach, Chophaka Chaiyuchit, Winai Ruenrerng, Kumgieng Jittamaat, Miti Jittamaat, Phetmongkol Chantawong, Nuttapon Kemthong
Studio Strand Releasing
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Only thing I got from this was the old guy was sick and going to die.
D. Sowell
Watched the first 20 minutes and it was boring to me so I didn't watch the rest of the movie.
David Lechliter
The writers/producers didn't even attempt to make the story believable.
Alexandra

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wtcdean on July 7, 2013
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This movie is interesting in that all characters see dead people. The ghosts who visit the family are well known, and carry on conversations as if they were still alive. We watch as Uncle Boonmee gradually dies of some unknown illness, but during the process he goes on with life as if he is not sick. Not your usual end-of-life situation. The subtitles are not difficult to follow, but understanding the culture is a bit challenging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nolan on January 9, 2014
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This was an interesting story, but in order to appreciate the contents of the story, you would have to appreciate the culture involved. Without the slightest understanding of the cultural basis of this story, it would make absolutely no sense. However, because of my background, I actually liked the film. Anyone else would probably turn it off within the first few minutes.
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The kind of movie you watch when you want to experience a real sense of objectivity about existence, outside of whatever most North Americans consider. It's an oasis that it's alright if it takes you years to finish, personally I was lucky enough to see it in a small theatre. Like watching Elysium Fields play Joe's Pub.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Nevis on September 30, 2013
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An "Art Film" with all the beauty, discomfort, and pervasive "WTF?!" that the term has come to imply.

The Good: The cinematography is stunning and there were images that haunted me for days. Could do for Isan, reputedly the poorest part of Thailand, what "Koyaanisqatsi" did for the Southwest. As a matter of fact, the contrast between the countryside and the "noisy places with too many lights" reminded me of "Koyaanisqatsi."

The Bad (at least for those used to Hollywood films - like, yes, me): With most Hollywood films, you don't dare blink because you might miss something. With this one, you could go fix coffee and come back and not miss anything (but don't do it - coffee will not help the frustration tolerance. Post-operative Vicodin might be more the thing). You will be confused about what's going on, but it won't be because you missed anything. Even the most rarefiedly erudite might finally start wondering during the shower scene where Norman Bates is when we need him.

Here and there, things are accessible: We've got widowers who set a place at dinner for the absent spouse, though everybody else doesn't also see her sit down. We've got sons who come back looking like shaggy red-eyed monsters after disappearing for a while (like, to college). We've got naughty runaway water buffaloes and fading upper-class beauties who succumb to the charms of catfish - oh wait, no we don't.

There are places in the world where reality can seem this slow and slippery, and it probably helped that I'd been to a few. . . but not quite enough. Maybe it would have worked better to watch in fifteen-minute installments, perhaps late at night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kuulei on September 25, 2013
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Confusing, he recalled one past life, not lives and he was too long with nothing happening or without any stories. didn't like it at all
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Sowell on September 20, 2013
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Story line,?, acting?, what the heck was going on here?. Made no sense at all. Only thing I got from this was the old guy was sick and going to die. Very disjointed and just plain hard to follow. What the heck was with the princes and the fish? Do not waste your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John C on April 4, 2013
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It is difficult to describe this film. I would call it, as others have, an odd journey worth taking. The spirits of the dead coexist and mingle with the living, and no one seems surprised.

To enjoy it, one must allow himself to be submerged in a very different manner of thinking. After I have watched it, I am still uncertain about the actual order of events. The story line is sufficiently subtle as to escape comprehension unless one opens his mind.

I am glad to have seen it once. Perhaps seeing it twice might provide a greater insight, but, I am going to stop at one viewing.
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Uncle Boonmee is a stunning movie and a treat for someone willing to invest in it. With that being said, it doesn't make for a great casual watch or a movie that is all on the surface (Go rent an Expendables movie if you're looking for pure spectacle based action entertainment). The movie is stunning in the way it tells it's stories, deals with spiritualism and nativity, creates unbelievable soundscapes, and amazingly beautiful shots (while being shot on 16mm film no less!).

Bottom line.
It's a great movie for the film advocate, but I understand the issues a casual viewer would have with it.
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