Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakful
Produced by Simon Field, Hans W. Geissendörfer, Keith Griffiths, Luis Miñarro, Michael Weber and Apichatpong WeerasethakfulWritten by Apichatpong Weerasethakful (based on a book)
Starring Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas and Sakda Kaewbuadee
Plot Summary: The title says it all: Uncle Boonmee (Saisaymar), who is dying, recalls his past lives.
Significance: One of the most critically-acclaimed films in recent years, it was featured in the latest Sight and Sound Poll (#132 in the directors poll and #202 in the critics one). It also won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, among other awards.
Thoughts: Weerasethakful's confounding drama is a dreamlike fantasy that can be as confusing as it is awe-inspiring. The film is very loose with its story, and some scenes, such as the moment between the woman and the fish, are more beautiful, compelling and bizarre than others. Though I can't praise it as much as others have, the film is an interesting cinematic experience, if not an exercise in fully comprehensible storytelling. No doubt, the film requires additional viewings, but it does have its memorable moments - especially the ending - on a first watch. If you're interested in a challenging viewing experience, this would be a good choice.