DVD: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (12)

  • @MrNickClark

The surprise winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year, this film will leave UK viewers bemused and entranced in equal measure.

Boonmee, who lives in Khon Kaen in Northern Thailand, is dying. As the end approaches, he scrutinises his past lives and is comforted by the spirits of his dead wife and son. Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the film is difficult to categorise. It is by turns dreamlike and magical, odd and confusing. Yet, its wistful tone and mesmeric quality are thoroughly beguiling, and while it will not be to the taste of many, it will prove rewarding to the few who can lose themselves within the majesty of its vision.