Conspicuous before any character is made worthy of investigation is the grinding hum of Boonmee's atmospheric audio, and its intentionally, beautifully degraded film-stock which, for the majority of the film's excursion into
Uncle Boonmee dawdles almost listlessly through its 114 minutes; its commitment to not being hurried bordering on tableau vivant. Admittedly, the movie is more fondly remembered than viewed; it’s tedious in that it films tediousness. Yet, without being hindered by traditional narrative structures (the film is interjected by a seeming Thai fairytale in which a princess lamenting her looks is seduced by an amorous catfish) Uncle Boomee has an austere grace as it ebbs and flows, moving from thick forests, through a cavernous portal to the afterlife, and into guadily lit urban areas. Resisting simple explanation of the film's many bizarre esotericisms, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is nevertheless a worthwhile expression of surrealism's value in delving into the mysteries of death, and everything thereafter. The film will be re-screened at Musgrave on July 30 at 22:00.