Uncle Boonmee: An Explanation

May 26, 2010 by Clark 

Although it hasn’t exactly gone viral, I was amused to see that my (honest) Twitter reaction to Apichatpong Weerasethakul winning the Palme D’Or is being discussed on the net and that Facebook eyebrows have been raised. In retrospect, maybe it wasn’t the smartest, most Wildean thing I could have said (um, “It is shit”; oops…), but it was a genuine, spontaneous reaction to a film that is, to my mind, being carried aloft by people with an agenda that can only take arthouse cinema into a cul de sac. I’ve read many reviews of Uncle Boonmee; all were kind in the extreme and none enlightened me one whit as to a) what actually happens in it and b) what any of it means. Those reviews were of the film I wanted to see before I went in and do not at all reflect the experience I had; I didn’t think it was magical or mysterious, and neither did the 20 or so people I counted leaving – sorry, abandoning – the cinema. Their body language suggested a very reluctant d…
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