Syndromes And A Century (Sang Sattawat)


(out of 5)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul was inspired by his own family’s medical background to set a film within the confines of a hospital, abandoning the exotic folklore of forays into the jungle and creating images that are instead made up of mundane realities.  The result, which has a bare subplot of two doctors and their romantic dealings with each other, proves that this filmmaker can be just as visually hypnotic when shooting cafeterias and rehab wards as he is when visualizing men that transform into tigers.  Weerasethakul is a hard sell to the uninitiated, and this is not a good place to start if you are unfamiliar with either his work or the movement of Asian social realism, but fans will be satisfied and there is always a humming rhythm of the sweetness of existence that resonates through it that is perpetually pleasant to bear.

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Thailand/France/Austria, 2006

Directed by 

Screenplay by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Cinematography by 

Produced by , Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival:  2006



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