Syndromes and a Century (2007)
Critic Consensus: Despite having little in the way of narrative, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Syndromes is a poignant and mesmerizing memoir.
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Critic Reviews for Syndromes and a Century
His fifth feature, Syndromes and a Century, might be [the director's] most purely intoxicating.
There's nothing here that resembles narrative urgency, but this is a quiet masterpiece, delicate and full of wonder.
The latest daydreamy film from this Thai auteur of languor is fragrant with tender love and sly humor.
It's absolutely mesmerizing.
Audience Reviews for Syndromes and a Century
The emperor has no clothes, and I can't see any point in trying to look for a purpose in this infuriating, self-indulgent experiment that finds itself much more original and inventive than it is but has the same effect of random images of just about anything on a blank screen.
A visual feast and emotionally resonant personal piece from Weerasethakul, Syndromes and a Century is patient, beautiful, and ultimately astonishing.
Weerasethakul is, without a doubt, a master of mood and Syndromes And A Century is all about just that. What other director could skillfully balance the telling of two stories in two different time periods, especially one as enigmatic as this? Syndromes contains no form or structure, but the evocative atmosphere it creates is warm and intoxicating. Time seems to stand still in Weerasethakul's world and it allows the viewer to immerse themselves in the minutiae of these characters. The film often plays as a intimate dream, filled with unique, humorous characters. Rarely is a director able to transfix me as wholly as Weerasethakul and his shunning of mainstream movie ideas about how to tell a story is refreshing.
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