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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Set 40 years ago in a small town's hospital, juxtaposed with a similar hospital in the present day. It is a fictional recollection of the love and work of the filmmaker's parents before they finally became lovers, exploring both memories and everyday lives in two eras where a painfully shy young man is courting Dr. Aroon (who is drawn instead to an orchid expert), and a young monk has an unexplained attraction to a dentist.
Art House & International , Drama
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Sakda Kaewbuadee
as Monk Sakda
Jaruchai Iamaram
as Dr. Nohng
Arkanae Cherkam
as Dentist Ple
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Critic Reviews for Syndromes and a Century

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (15)

His fifth feature, Syndromes and a Century, might be [the director's] most purely intoxicating.

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

There's nothing here that resembles narrative urgency, but this is a quiet masterpiece, delicate and full of wonder.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The latest daydreamy film from this Thai auteur of languor is fragrant with tender love and sly humor.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's absolutely mesmerizing.

April 24, 2007
Top Critic

Its rhymes and echoes make its folds endlessly fascinating.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Time Out
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You have to abandon any preconceived notions about movies and allow your mind to be seduced by the mystifying, occasionally humorous world of a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. You might even find yourself becoming a fan.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
New York Post
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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A visual feast and emotionally resonant personal piece from Weerasethakul, Syndromes and a Century is patient, beautiful, and ultimately astonishing.

Alex Suszko
Alex Suszko

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.

August Moews
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