Syndromes and a Century Reviews

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July 6, 2019
A fleeting shadow, an elusive memory fading as the mind slips into sleep, a long lost lover reborn in a dream.
November 17, 2011
February 7, 2008
The pic has a Buddhist aura surrounding it, leaving a warm and happy feeling with the viewer.
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
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 curio sometimes bemuses, but it's utterly fresh and alive.
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 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.
September 7, 2007
His fifth feature, Syndromes and a Century, might be [the director's] most purely intoxicating.
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.
July 14, 2007
If you allow the film to wash over you, it can be appreciated as an essay on the power of memory.
July 13, 2007
Watching Syndromes and Century is like reading a Samuel Beckett novel, only it's slow, confusing, and bleak. Okay, so it's like reading a Samuel Beckett novel.
July 3, 2007
The moment-to-moment textures of Syndromes and a Century are so densely real in their minimalism that they make you suspend all interpretation and simply exist in the present.
May 18, 2007
This one appears to simply be scenes set in a rural Thai hospital that were strung together at random.
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