Syndromes and a Century Reviews

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November 17, 2011
September 21, 2007
Profoundly mysterious, erotic, funny, gentle, playful, utterly distinctive, it is the work of the Thai director and installation-artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who now has a claim to be approaching the league of Kiarostami and Haneke.
September 21, 2007
This portrait of life is all about the yin and the yang, so it follows that for everyone who finds it dull there are those who will be captivated.
September 7, 2007
His fifth feature, Syndromes and a Century, might be [the director's] most purely intoxicating.
May 11, 2007
There's nothing here that resembles narrative urgency, but this is a quiet masterpiece, delicate and full of wonder.
May 11, 2007
The latest daydreamy film from this Thai auteur of languor is fragrant with tender love and sly humor.
July 6, 2019
A fleeting shadow, an elusive memory fading as the mind slips into sleep, a long lost lover reborn in a dream.
May 29, 2008
Its strange symmetries, poetic reflections and even the score's musical murmurs are entrancing. Unfortunately, the feature is offered in a bad transfer, filling out the whole screen and slightly sheared off at the edges.
February 7, 2008
The pic has a Buddhist aura surrounding it, leaving a warm and happy feeling with the viewer.
January 16, 2008
December 1, 2007
A quieter, shorter but scarcely less idiosyncratic specimen of Rorschach cinema than Inland Empire.
September 29, 2007
As Ken Tynan said of Waiting for Godot, nothing happens, twice.
September 21, 2007
Don't watch it for plot, or character development; revel instead in its evocation of warm, wistful moods, its sly sense of humour and its fierce commitment to creating a mystical cinema far from the orthodoxies of both independent and mainstream cinema.
September 21, 2007
Don't think of it as film. Think of it as a series of paintings that talk to each other, raptly and quietly.
September 21, 2007
This curio sometimes bemuses, but it's utterly fresh and alive.
September 21, 2007
Knowingly enigmatic, but more accessible than the director's previous works.
September 13, 2007
As delicate, complex and strange as any rare orchid, and as unlikely to appeal to mainstream tastes, Syndromes And A Century more than delivers on the enigma promised by its bifurcated title.
August 25, 2007
This gentle film with surprising dollops of humanistic humor floats by like a dream upon which we are eavesdropping.
July 26, 2007
Weerasethakul has become less and less dependent on narrative, relying instead on emotional impressions and rhythms (and even a few deadpan laughs).
July 19, 2007
[The director's] quiet sense of humor and colorful characters are endearing but the pleasures are less in the abstract story than the flow of his moods and the shades of his atmospheres.
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