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A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (2009)





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Filmmaker 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


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Critic Reviews for A Letter to Uncle Boonmee

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When confronted by two opposing visions, Weerasethakul seems content to let the need to reconcile them wander away, letting the tranquility of these moments speak for themselves.

October 25, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5
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Audience Reviews for A Letter to Uncle Boonmee

Mysterious prelude to Weerasethakul's UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES chronicles the origins of his own creative process. An entrancing and beautifully filmed introduction.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

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A mysterious and disquieting ghost story.

Robert Fearon
Robert Fearon

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