Syndromes And A Century (2006)

APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  Sang Sattawat

Thailand/France/Austria, 2006.  , Backup Media, Centre National de la Cinématographie, , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Apichatpong Weerasethakul.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by

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.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2006

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition

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