Syndromes and a Century

Synopsis: Story about director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents who were both doctors, and director's memories about growing up in the hospital environment.
Genre: Drama
Production: Strand Releasing
  3 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

There is alms-giving in the morning

In the morning

Hey! I forgot to turn it off. Hey!

Turn off what?

This thing clipped to my pants

What are you talking about?

We're done

It's kind of like...

- Like what?

- ...playing the same scene over

Damn it

At first it wasn't so bad

- You wanted to be an actor, right?

- It's only been five takes

All together

What's wrong with my eyes?

I'm checking if your brain's

response is normal

My brain?


Do you have dreams often?

Well, Idon't really know

Since I fell out of bed the other night...

...I've been like this

Your leg is sore?

My leg is sore and my joints ache

I see

The other night...

...I dreamt about a flock of chickens

When I was a boy, a young boy...

...I was naughty and mean-spirited,

I used to break their legs for fun

I'd go visit my friend's farm...

...and break the legs of his chickens...

...because their clucking sound

really bothered me

In my dream...

...they told me that

they wanted me to suffer

Despite the fact that I've offered

prayers for them for many years

You can communicate with chickens?

Their spirits came and possessed me

I guess they wanted revenge

I ran away,

but they chased after me

They kept chasing me. I was so scared

I grew wings and turned into a chicken

I always sleep on my side

and hug a bolster pillow

In my dream, I was woken up...

...and they kicked me out of bed

I landed on the floor

and all my joints were aching

Do your joints still ache?

Now and then.

That's why I came to see you

- Do you eat a lot of chicken?

- I guess so

I really should try to eat less

to reduce my bad karma

But when I collect alms,

I must accept what's offered

Can you excuse me for a minute?

Where are you going?

- I'm going...

- You haven't finished my check-up

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul (born July 16, 1970) is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. His feature films include Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the prestigious 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or prize; Tropical Malady, which won a jury prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival; Blissfully Yours, which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard program at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival; Syndromes and a Century, which premiered at the 63rd Venice Film Festival and was the first Thai film to be entered in competition there; and Cemetery of Splendour, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim. Weerasethakul has received numerous additional accolades, including the 2016 Principal Prince Claus Award. Working outside the strict confines of the Thai film studio system, Weerasethakul has directed several features and dozens of short films. Themes reflected in his films (frequently discussed in interviews) include dreams, nature, sexuality (including his own homosexuality), and Western perceptions of Thailand and Asia, and his films display a preference for unconventional narrative structures (like placing titles/credits at the middle of a film) and for working with non-actors. Cinephiles affectionately refer to him as "Joe" (a nickname that he, like many with similarly long Thai names, has adopted out of convenience). more…

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