Cinema Express: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

There are few films that have compelled me enough to watch them twice in one day; Uncle Boonmee is one of them. This film, made in Thailand, was the surprise winner of the coveted Palm D’Or at the Cannes Festival in 2010. Several members of the festival were outraged. Indeed, if you were to begin the picture unaware of the film’s abnormalities, you may be repulsed, bored, or to say the least, surprised. Nonetheless, the film is an incredibly singular experience, as is the case with many great movies. The pace may be sluggish, the themes can be puzzling, and the storytelling is considerably simple, but Uncle Boonmee plays like a pleasant dream inhabited by our best friends and family. The performances are particularly wonderful in the way that no actor ever calls attention to himself. There is no screaming, no crying, and no shouting. We never think that the actors are acting until the movie is over. This is an easy film to love if you enter with the correct expectations. Be prepared for a sublime masterpiece that is tender, meditative, and fantastical.

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