Elderly Aunt Jen and her young nephew, Tong, both played by Weerasethakul regulars, enter this enchanted forest, having driven up from the city to visit Boonmee, Jen's brother-in-law, who, dying of kidney failure, has relocated to an isolated jungle house. (Faint strains of John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" are heard inside.) Boonmee explains that "spirits and hungry animals" can sense his sickness and, sure enough, mid -- evening meal, the ghost of Boonmee's long-dead wife, Huay, materializes at the table. Shortly after, another red-eyed monkey ghost, who is the manifestation of their long-lost son, Boonsang, appears out of the jungle -- a constant presence that, thanks to the ongoing chorus of birds and crickets, is more soothingly pastoral than scary.
|Directed by||Apichatpong Weerasethakul|
|Written by||Apichatpong Weerasethakul|