Kick the Machine Films; Illuminations Films Past Lives; Anna Sanders Films;
Feature.   113 minutes
sound - 5.1 Dolby surround
Thailand, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands
Thai language with English subtitles
This film is a unique tale of a man embracing life’s greatest mystery. Choosing to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside, Boonmee is visited by his dead wife (a ghost) and his last son (a strange, hairy beast with red glowing eyes) who came to guide him to his final resting place, a cave where his first soul began. With a wry sense of humor and a humanist spirit, UNCLE BOONMEE, is a tale of reincarnation, karma and nature.
A slowly moving camera captures the interiors of various houses in a village. They are all deserted except one house with a group of young soldiers. They are digging the up the ground. It is unclear whether they are exhuming or burying something. The voices of three young men are heard. They repeat, rehearse, memorise a letter to a man named Boonmee. They tell him about a small community called Nabua where the inhabitants have abandoned their homes. The wind blows fiercely through the doors, and the windows, bringing with it a swarm of bugs. As evening approaches, the sky turns dark. The bugs scatter and the men are silent.
A Letter to Uncle Boonmee is part of the multi-platform Primitive project which focuses on a concept of remembrance and extinction set in the northeast of Thailand. Boonmee is the main character of the feature film of the project.