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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives


Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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About the Movie

Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave – the birthplace of his first life… Winner of the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, UNCLE BOONMEE is a fantastical tale of life as it ends and begins again.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 93
  • Fresh: 82
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Instead of nostalgia for vanished magic, there is the recognition that magic is always present if we know where and how to look. Mr. Weerasethakul certainly knows where to look and is generous enough to share some of what he sees. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Mar 2, 2011

Fresh: Spirit, animal, and human worlds coexist in dreamy harmony in this remarkable drama, winner of the 2010 Cannes Palme d'Or. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 2, 2011

Fresh: Takes a sweet, long time to work its magic on you. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Feb 28, 2011

Fresh: While the result is pretty much the definition of a film that should be experienced, not explained, there's no sense here that Weerasethakul is being difficult for difficult's sake, or even attempting to conceal his mysteries. – Justin Chang, Variety, Apr 29, 2011

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Customer Reviews

one of my favorite movie in my life

A movie that questions of life. About life. Spirituality and identity in time to breath. The reincarnation on this planet. That these beliefs will have to find their own causes. Film filled with humor, telling the time. If the conversation is powerful. Rich philosophical thought. Supernatural. Getting closer to death. Dive into the depths of the mind, everything is based on the life cycle.


Came to the movie with high expectations given the critical acclaim showered on this as well as previous works by this director. Sadly, this film is typical art house fare of the mediocre variety. Pointless long takes, self-consciously minimal dialogue tries to lend it artistic gravitas but ends up being merely predictably mannered.

The whole Thai myth/ghost story element operates on a level that would appeal only to the most culturally blinkered segment of the western film audience. It lends little in terms of dramatic interest. As a lover of foreign films and auteur-centered cinema, I really wanted to give this film a chance. But alas, even for this fan of Ozu, this film simply dragged on beyond the limits of patience, offering nothing in the way of intellectual or visual reward.

A meditative cinematic experience!

Like nothing you have ever seen before! Allow yourself to be absorbed into this mesmerizing world! The experience of watching this film is an experience in itself! Bound to go down in film history books!

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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