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Cemetery of Splendour

Enthralling vision

(Edit) 09/08/2018

I loved Weerasethakul's 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives', it created such a haunting world that I had never forgotten it. I read about 'Cemetery of Splendour' in the Guardian when it was shown at Cannes in 2015, and kept the cutting, but there was no way the film was going to reach Swansea where I live. Imagine my gratitude to discover that 'Cemetery of Splendour' is available through Cinema Paradiso. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. I loved the peaceful pace, with its natural sound, which so effectively created atmosphere, and particularly enjoyed the natural world close by the hospital. Weerasethakul is clearly fascinated by the fluid interface between the material and spiritual worlds; he portrays the spiritual world as matter-of-fact, as it is to those sensitive to it. I enjoyed the study of the central character, Jenjira, beautifully played by Jenjira Pongpas Widner, an ordinary middle-aged woman volunteering her time to caring for a sick soldier. The film was a welcome insight into the Thai soul.

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