So far, I’ve seen two of his films by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The first film was Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives, a Palme d’or winner at the 2010 Cannes film festival. Movie reviewers and artsy-fartsy types are expected to say that every Palme d’or winners are masterpieces, a must. But I don’t. I have seen enough Palme d’or winners to know that they are slow and boring. That’s how the jury picks them. They find the most boring film in competition and it gets the Palme d’or. Cemetery of splendour is a bit better. It is set in a hospital where the patients are all soldiers struck by a sleeping virus. They are all connected to anti-snoring machines. Middle-aged volunteer Jenjira (Jenjira Pongpas) comes regularly to look after her favorite patient, a young soldier called Itt (Banlop Lomnoi). There is also a medium called Keng (Jarinpattra Rueangram) who communicate with the sleeping soldiers. Or is she a government spy? The weird, dreamlike atmosphere prevails throughout the film. It is livelier than Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives, but still, there is too many excruciatingly long shots of inanimate objects for its own good. So you may need one of those anti-snoring machines.
Cemetery of splendour (Rak ti Khon Kaen)
Rated Parental Guidance
In Thai with English subtitles