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UNCLE BONMEE AND HIS PAST LIVES

By Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL

ILLUMINATIONS FILMS - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2010

Uncle Boonmee is dying from kidney failure. At his home, a fruit farm on the edge of the jungle, his deceased wife and a long-lost son who is half human, half animal come to visit him. During their two nights together, Boonmee recounts his past lives to his visitors. They span hundreds of years.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • THAILAND
    • Languages
    • THAI
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL
    • Writer(s)
    • Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL
    • Producer(s)
    • Keith GRIFFITHS (Illuminations Films), Simon FIELD (Illuminations Films), Charles De MEAUX (Anna Sanders Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Uncle Boonmee is suffering from kidney failure. As an avid practitioner of Yoga, he is well aware of his body.
      He knows that he will die in 48 hours. He calls his distant relatives to take him back from hospital to die at
      home, a longan farm. There, they are greeted by the ghost of his deceased wife who has re-appeared to
      take care of him. His lost son also returns from the jungle in an ape-like form. The son has mated with a
      creature known as a ‘monkey ghost’ and has lived in the trees with her for the past 15 years. On the first
      night, Boonmee talks about his six past lives that he remembers. On a second night, while the ghost wife is
      doing his kidney dialysis, Boonmee has a sudden urge to visit a place she has mentioned. So the group
      takes a journey into the jungle at night. It is full of animals and spirits. They finally reach a cave on top of the
      hill. Boonmee realizes that this is the cave in which he was born in the first life that he can remember. Then
      he passes away, taking with him tales that span hundreds of years.
    • Partners & financing
    • Anna Sanders Films, Illuminations Films, The Match Factory, Eddie Saeta SA, GFF Film-und Fernsehproduktion KG with the participation of Fonds Sud Cinema, World Cinema Fund, Hubet Bals Fund and ZDF-Arte
      Match Factory
      ZDF-Arte
    • Production schedule
    • Pre-Production Spring 2009
      Photography Autumn 2009
      Delivery Spring 2010
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 01, 2009
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