Something magical is in the air. Times are happy and love is uncomplicated for young soldier Keng and country boy Tong until pleasant evenings with Tong's family and song-filled nights in town are disrupted by a disappearance. And some kind of wild beast has been slaughtering cows. Local legends say a human can somehow be transformed into another creature… Thus begins a tale of a soldier who goes alone into the heart of the jungle, where myth is often real.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004, 114 min, drama/romance, Thai with English subtitles.
Cemetery of Splendour
Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. There may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen’s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015, 122 min, drama/fantasy, Thai with English subtitles.
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Photo credit: Courtesy Tropical Malady or Cemetery of Splendour