UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES: an elegiacal piece of cinema and recent Palme d’Or recipient at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Uncle Boonmee (now available for instant streaming on Netflix) is a wonderfully odd, mystical film by renown Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (or “Joe,” for short). The film has a gentle pace and is one of those rare examples of true cinematic magic realism; monkey ghosts and talking catfish interact with a set of very human characters, including the title character, who undergoes daily peritoneal dialysis for his failing kidneys. Boonmee is often quizzical and its deeper meaning is at times seemingly impenetrable, but somehow the film’s meditative quality still leaves the viewer with a real feeling of serenity and, yes, satisfaction.

UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES: an elegiacal piece of cinema and recent Palme d’Or recipient at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Uncle Boonmee (now available for instant streaming on Netflix) is a wonderfully odd, mystical film by renown Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (or “Joe,” for short). The film has a gentle pace and is one of those rare examples of true cinematic magic realism; monkey ghosts and talking catfish interact with a set of very human characters, including the title character, who undergoes daily peritoneal dialysis for his failing kidneys. Boonmee is often quizzical and its deeper meaning is at times seemingly impenetrable, but somehow the film’s meditative quality still leaves the viewer with a real feeling of serenity and, yes, satisfaction.

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