Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives" is a tough sell, even for those who consider themselves arthouse nerds, so kudos to Strand Releasing for trying. With the film set to hit theaters this spring, a trailer has now arrived following the badass poster by Chris Ware, and it plays like a greatest hits of every bit of freakiness in the film.
Creatures with glowing red eyes, ghosts and human/catfish sex all feature prominently in the spot that actually gives a pretty good indication of what's in store from the film. It's enigmatic, eerie, strange and kind of beautiful too. It certainly is a bit of demanding watch but as we noted in our Cannes review, it maybe difficult, but it's also rewarding.
"Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives" will arrive in theaters on March 2nd we urge you to give it a whirl. Full synopsis and trailer below (or in HD at Apple).
Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave - the birthplace of his first life.