Uncle Boonmee is an indie dream by Mike Falk

by Buck LePard Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 5:18pm

“My eyes are open, but I can’t see anything,” says Uncle Boonmee, a Thai man about to pass away near the jungles he loves. “Or are they closed?”

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, the 2010 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or winning film is a moving, surreal treatment of a man preparing to relinquish his body and find peace in the ghost world. Uncle Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) suffers from kidney failure and has chosen to spend his last days in his home near the jungle. Accompanied by his loved ones and an immigrant he hired to provide medical care, he spends much of his day prostrate in bed or lamenting that he cannot eat the foods he once loved. When he is up and about, he visits and jokes with workers who cultivate fruit near the home. He encourages his friends to taste the special honey from his hives, and we see the last glimpses of a spirited man.

“My eyes are open, but I can’t see anything,” says Uncle Boonmee, a Thai man about to pass away near the jungles he loves. “Or are they closed?”

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, the 2010 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or winning film is a moving, surreal treatment of a man preparing to relinquish his body and find peace in the ghost world. Uncle Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) suffers from kidney failure and has chosen to spend his last days in his home near the jungle. Accompanied by his loved ones and an immigrant he hired to provide medical care, he spends much of his day prostrate in bed or lamenting that he cannot eat the foods he once loved. When he is up and about, he visits and jokes with workers who cultivate fruit near the home. He encourages his friends to taste the special honey from his hives, and we see the last glimpses of a spirited man.

Read more at: http://www.loyolaphoenix.com/features/diversions/article_46d73a0c-65a9-11e0-b7a5-001a4bcf6878.html

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