A Dream of a Film — 2 years ago
In watching the gorgeous print of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives it felt as though I was in a dream. With beautiful images and a strange blend of lightness and dark it’s a unique cinematic experience. Much like a dream it is difficult to explain as the film moves outside of narrative filmmaking and operates more as a poem or a meditative reflection on life and death. We’re challenged to watch and listen to people and nature.
On the surface the film is about a man who is dying of cancer so he returns to where he grew up to face his death. Uncle Boonmee and his family form a narrative thread at the centre of the film which moves episodically through stories and past lives that he has experienced. Lacking explanation most of the time, we watch and wait with occasional flashes of humour and frequent glimpses of beauty. While it can be a bit frustrating at times, it has stuck with me for days, having worked itself into my subconscious. I will hopefully be able to see it again in a theatre.