Film and TV

Today's DVDs: Uncle Boonmee Who can Recall His Past Lives, Naked and Strip-Tease

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives stars Thanapat Saisaymar and Janjira Pongpas with Apichatpong Weerasethakul directing.

The set up: Family members visit Uncle Boonmee, who is dying, in his home in the Thai jungle.

What our critic J. Hoberman said about the movie: The acme of no-budget, Buddhist-animist, faux-naïve, avant-pop magic neorealism, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a movie in which conversing with the materialized spirits of the dead and watching the so-called living on TV exist on the same astral plane ... Ending with one last, playful paradox, Uncle Boonmee seems the fullest expression yet of Weerasethakul's singular sensibility.

Here's our take: While our tastes often bend toward fast-paced films with plots that include significant conflict (as in "somebody has to save the world - right now!"), Uncle Boonmee completely captured our heart. Weerasethakul brings the slow, introspective story, with an emphasis on one man's internal life, to the screen in a way that is quietly enchanting.

DVD/Blu-Ray extras: Interview with the director, deleted scenes, improved sound and trailers from Weerasethakul's other films.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez