Cemetery of Splendor

Directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Narrative

Total Runtime: 122 min

Country of Origin: Thailand

Awards:
Best Film, Asia Pacific Screen Awards; Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival, London Film Festival.

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An eerily becalmed work in which spiritual possessions and mysterious deities come to seem virtually indistinguishable from ordinary reality. Suffused with beauty, humor, and quietly overwhelming emotion.

Justin Chang, Variety

In Thai with English Subtitles.

In this hypnotic and atmospheric masterpiece, soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school, where volunteers care for these stricken men. There may be a connection, however, between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. The memory­filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome and solitary soldier. Doctors explore ways to ease the men’s troubled dreams, while Jen befriends young medium Keng, who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Magic, healing, romance, and dreams are all part of Jen’s path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her. In Thai with English Subtitles. Thailand. 122 min; Official selection, Cannes Film Festival; Best Film, Asia Pacific Screen Awards; Official Selection, London Film Festival.

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