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.
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105 min

I'm going to quickly pop next door

Excuse me

Wait for me here. Don't go anywhere

Mr Chai. Mr Chai

Mr Chai

I need to speak with you

Over here, please

It's about the money I lent you

It's been a while

The new school term has just started...

...and my son's school fees

are expensive

Why won't you look me in the eye?

Something doesn't sound right

Would you swear to it?

There's a monk waiting in my office

Let's go see him

Swear to what?

Swear to keep your promise, Mr Chai

How could you forget?

Don't make me swear.

I'm afraid of monks

Don't be so silly

We're not talking

ghosts and goblins here!

You didn't seem afraid

when you borrowed my money

Sorry about that

Please excuse me

- Everything in order?

- Yes

There's a lot of uric acid in poultry

It collects in your joints,

if you eat too much

Let me run some more blood tests

- I hope you don't mind...

- Yes?

I sense confusion inside your heart

Confusion? About what?

About money matters, you know?

Boil these roots and drink them

to help you forget

What is it?

It's an herbal potion

handed down from my ancestors

It helps regulate menstrual flow...

...cures fainting and dizzy spells

But it can't treat everything

I have this itchy rash

Can you treat it?

You have a rash?

On my body and my arms

Excuse me. Let me see

This arm?

- Doctor?

- Yes?

Can I also have some sleeping pills?

You have trouble sleeping?

My dreams keep waking me up

Dreaming is normal. Everyone dreams

I need some medicine

for the other monks...

...and for the villagers

who live near the temple

I can't do that. They have to come

and see me themselves

Why? Just write the prescription

You know, when to take the pills... or adults,

before or after meals

Just write it on the packet

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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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