A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (2009)
Movie InfoFilmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul offers a poetic look at the past of his family as well as his nation and its culture in this short documentary. Weerasethakul is from the village of Nabua in Northern Thailand, and in his narration, he talks of his desire to make a film about the life of his uncle Boonmee, who was a high-ranking figure in the Thai military. As Weerasethakul's camera drifts through the village, capturing images of abandoned building, soldiers making their way through town, children at play, cattle grazing, and unspoiled meadows, the narration contrasts the beauty that can be found in Nabua with the terrible legacy that war and violence has inflicted upon Thailand. Produced as part of Weerasethakul's multipart "Primitive Project," A Letter to Uncle Boonmee received its North American premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was screened in tandem with Jean-Luc Godard's Une Catastrophe. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Uncle Boonmee was a self-indulgent and very personal film for Apichatpong Weerasethakul. It is like a child to him, born unto him by broken memories and strong influences. Here, he acknowledges his heroes, influences and Uncle Boonmee himself. It is exactly what the title suggests, it is a love letter to classic Hollywood, the novel that inspired him as a child (that he can't remember the name of), people he has met, albeit briefly in his lifetime that left an impression on him, It's a love letter to Thailand, its a love letter to love itself! All shot in the same haunting and beautiful style of the main feature. A great companion piece.More
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