Cemetery of splendour

Cemetery of splendour

DVD - 2016 | Thai
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"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. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen's tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her"--Container

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jimg2000
Sep 27, 2016

Wisdom Signs on tree trunks:
Hunger for heaven will lead you to hell.
Time left unused... is the longest time.
When we offend someone, we want to be forgiven. But when we are offended, we forget how to forgive.
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Amongst humans, the most brilliant are those who are disciplined.
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Normally, I don't sleep very well. I get three or four hours sleep at best. Since coming here,
I'm sleeping much better. It's as if I'm synchronizing with that soldier. Or maybe he's sleeping for me.

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jimg2000
Sep 27, 2016

How's my Isan dialect?
-Keep eating the local chilli paste and your accent will improve.
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We all dream. We can't stop them. Thoughts are the same. Since we can't stop them, we must become more aware. Aware of our thoughts, and of our dreams. ... The sea can be violent
or still with no pattern ... Heaven and hell, merit and sin are all suppositions. Don't put too much faith in them.
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Today, we came to tell you that those soldiers will never recover.
-At the old school?
Yes, there used to be a palace there. A war broke out between the kingdoms thousands of years ago. Bodies of dead villagers and soldiers laid everywhere. But most importantly, the cemetery of the kings was located beneath your elementary school. Let me explain. The spirits of the dead kings are drawing on the soldiers' energy to fight their battles. They are still fighting as we speak.

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jimg2000
Sep 27, 2016

He's asking me if you want to see.
-See what?
What he's seeing.
-How can I see?
Through my body.
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Khon Kaen women are so gorgeous. Do I look like I'm from Isan? I don't look it, right? Because I'm too beautiful to be from Isan? Every woman has beauty inside. I'm from Buriram Province. So I understand how Isan people feel.
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The goddesses from Laos appeared before me. They said we are standing on top of the cemetery of the kings.
-What? This school was a cemetery?
-The goddesses from the lake shrine?
Yes. They also said that the spirits of the dead kings are using these men's spirits for their battles.
-Is that so? Perhaps the soldiers were their troops in the past.
-So the kings have put the sleeping soldiers to good use?

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jimg2000
Sep 27, 2016

You're a soldier magnet! And one without borders.
-But I'd prefer a European husband. Americans are too poor. Europeans are living the American dream.
...The breath of love that never fades.
Not lonesome am I, my dear.
Though the many years that pass by.
My heart is still full of love.
Those days... alone... you and me...
Every night from now.
The stars shine in our favour forever.
Heaven was created for us to meet.
Heaven is destroyed for us if we part.
But freedom is in my body.
While destiny fills my heart.
The heaven inside my heart.
Through summer and spring with you.
The memory of winter
I miss you... you who were here...
The breath of love that never fades.

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jimg2000
Sep 27, 2016

A tycoon the size of an ant is always noticed. But a pauper as large as a mountain
is completely ignored.
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You know, when you're asleep, even the bright city lights feel dull.
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You will live long, Itt. Our metabolism slows while we sleep. ave yourself for a better future. Where are you now, Itt? Underground or here?
-Both, I guess.
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From here you can see the most fertile lands. Fields full of rice and rivers full of fish.
-It looks lonely.
I see everything clearly now, Itt. Yes? At the heart of the kingdom, other than rice fields, there is nothing.
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Do you know what they're digging for?
-It's a secret government project. It's so secret, that they're digging out in the open.
Soon, they will move us away.

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ScorchingSun
May 01, 2017

Unbelievable film.
Perhaps I'm unfamiliar with this foreign film style. But be advised that the camera is static, with no movement or panning. Also no close-ups, bring your binoculars.
The one snippet of interest could have been summed up and presented in under 10 minutes. The rest of the film is dragging, bland filler.

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ms_mustard
Nov 12, 2016

I've watched Boonmee, Syndromes and now Cemetery - and I can't say I understand, but according to many - that is the point.

in comments on Ebert A W is compared to Malick, Ozu and an analogy of the current political situation in Thailand. I'd say more dream-like as Malick is - I've never had a problem understanding an Ozu film.

a very touching relationship between a woman with an injured leg who uses
crutches and a man with a disabling sleep disorder.

the bonus feature tells the story of the injury to Jen's leg. in the film a very astonishing and loving scene involving her injured leg.

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jimg2000
Sep 27, 2016

Enjoyed director/writer Apichatpong Weerasethakul other dreamy film "Uncle Boonmee 2011" but not too crazy for one more slow moving mystical "weird" movie ... 2 hours long! However, it is still a decent spiritual and cultural work from Thailand. Again, confess to have reached for the fast forward button several times during those slooow moments. Love those signs at the park (see quotes) and its central message (from the review in "Summary".) Apparently critics can't get enuff:
7/10 at IMDb; 4/4 at Roger Ebert; 87% at Metacritic

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jimg2000
Sep 28, 2016

"The last shot sums it up so beautifully. It also suggests that the struggles continue. As a backhoe keeps digging into the tombs of the past, Jenjira insists on opening her eyes to see the present. Dreams are splendid, but it’s only when we wake up from the cemetery that we—here, there, and everywhere—can perceive the true light of splendour."

http://cinema-scope.com/spotlight/cemetery-of-splendour-apichatpong-weerasethakul-ukfrancegermanymalaysiathailand/

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gsoone
Sep 07, 2016

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. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen's tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her. 97%/70%

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