Cemetery of Splendor (2016)


Critic Consensus: Cemetery of Splendor gracefully eludes efforts to pin down its meaning while offering patient viewers another gently hypnotic wonder from writer/director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.


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Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including colored light therapy, to ease the mens' troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt's cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may be a connection between the soldiers' enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen's tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her.

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Critic Reviews for Cemetery of Splendor

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (18)

Given the cultural boundaries, there is much in the film that we may never fully grasp, but the less we're told, the more were sucked in by the film's hypnotic, ever-expanding aura of mystery.

Apr 7, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

If you haven't seen a Weerasethakul film yet, here's a good opportunity, but leave your expectations at the door. There's no one like him.

Mar 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The actors seem to be miles from the cameras.

Mar 17, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

An enchanting interpretation of where our sleeping and waking minds wander.

Mar 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's a sinuous tale shaped by the writer-director's favorite motifs - animism and medicine - and by sideways glances at the myths, religious traditions and political convulsions of his native Thailand.

Mar 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Ghosts, dreams, regrets - they all mingle in this artful trance: "The most brilliant are those who are focused."

Mar 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cemetery of Splendor

What could be more ironic than a film about soldiers falling asleep being such an insufferable drag to watch? - and Mr. Weerasethakul proves once again what a pretentious fraud he is, throwing just about any crap on the screen and knowing that his fans will love it no matter what.

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