Cemetery of Splendour




There you are.

Jen, hold on one second.

- What are you doing here?

- I came to see you.

- Really?

- I missed you.

We're so remote. But you made it.

Welcome to my new hospital.

Yeah, it's very new.

We're still settling in.

They haven't woken up yet?

Not a single one.

They don't even move in their sleep.

How is your leg?

Didn't you use my herbal cream?

I did.

But it wasn't absorbed into my bones.

Really? Show me what you use.

The cream I gave you is a good one.

What did you use?

- Here.

- What is it?

This is my new collection.

Aren't they pretty?

So diligent.

You haven't stopped knitting?

I always see you knitting.

The patterns are very Japanese.

Take a look.

Colourful Japanese baby socks.

But we have only

sleeping soldiers here.

Who will be our customers?

We can try with the female relatives.

They might buy them for their kids.

They are only villagers.

It's not the same as before.

Maybe I can make socks

for these guys.

You can try that.

I miss this school a lot.

Back then...

I sat there...

Where that guy is sleeping.

The blackboard was too far

for me to read properly...

Keng, how are you?

- Need any help?

- I'm OK.

I often looked out of the window.

At the jackfruit tree.

The mango tree...

My English teacher liked to sit

under that jackfruit tree.

He wore dark-rimmed glasses...

Handsome as Clark Kent in Superman.

- That handsome?

- Yes.

The soldiers just sleep...

The army doesn't know

what to do with them.

They took up too much space

at the hospital.

Will he wake up?

Not easily.

Jen, see that young woman?

- Which one?

- By that bed.

She's very talented for her age.

She normally works for the police.

She helps contact the spirits

of murder victims.

Or missing-persons.

She was approached by the FBI.

- Really?

- Yes.

They offered her a house, a car,

and a big salary.

- But she declined.

- Why?

She told them,

"I only serve my country."

That's so admirable.

Excuse me... Don't go anywhere.

Dr. Prasan! Excuse me, doctor!

Dr. Prasan!

You forgot to sign the prescription.

- From this morning?

- Yes.

He is walking about somewhere.

He's confused.

It's a dark night.

But he can still see.

There's a mound of dirt.

Concrete pillars.

He has a pen

and is writing something down.

His friends are watching him.

Male or female friends?


Is he happy?

What would he like to eat?

Minced meat and a bamboo shoot soup.

Minced meat and a bamboo shoot soup?

How spicy?

Three chillies is enough.

And a coke, too.

With ice?

You make me miss the old hospital.

This place is just as nice.

- You'll soon forget the old one.

- Yes.

Keep an eye on him for me.

How are you, Auntie?

- It's hot today, right?

- Yes.

The day will pass quickly.

Did you go to the concert last night?

I went. But I didn't stay long.

Let me check on the other soldiers.

OK, let his head down.

Attach this tube to his nose.

- Like this?

- Yes, and press this button.

This machine works very well.

They used it with American soldiers

in Afghanistan.

- They also have nightmares?

- Yes.

- I'd like to try one at home.

- Good.

Will it stop the snoring?

Yes, it will help them sleep

with good dreams.

- Should I turn it on?

- Yes.

Should we close the windows?

Let's close them.

Doctor, please give me a hand.

Close them please.

Looks like funeral lights.

Yes, I felt so too.


Need a hand?

I can manage.

Are your noodles tasty?

Yes. Want to try some?

No, thank you.

I'm on a diet.

But those fried bananas

are loaded with calories.

They reuse the oil,

maybe thousands of times.

It's just a snack.

At home, I eat very healthily.

Normally, I don't sleep very well.

I get three or four hours sleep

at best.

Since coming here,

I'm sleeping much better.

It's as if I'm synchronising

with that soldier.

Or maybe he's sleeping for me.

Do you know a drug called Melatonin?

It's good for older women.


Then it's definitely not for me.

I'm kidding.

This small town

can bore you to death.

At least,

there are the sleeping soldiers

to make things more exciting.

You're lucky, then.

I'm quite tired of talking to them.

Their relatives always ask me

for lottery numbers.

As if I can see the future.

You can't?

Can you teach me your trick?

I don't know how.

I've had this gift since I was young.

Out of the blue,

I could recall my past life as a boy.

I fell from a tree and died.


- You saw it that clearly?

- Yes.

The good thing for me here is that

I get free medicines to take home.

Sister, can I borrow some money?

I have to pay for my mortgage.

- Are you serious?

- If you don't mind.

Sure. If you can cure my lame leg.

Make my right leg

as long as the left.

Can you?

I'm a psychic. I can only read minds.

Help me finish the bananas.

But you are an FBI agent, aren't you?

- Is it moving?

- Yes.

Have you been eating

raw or pickled fish or meat?

- Yes, they are my favourite dishes.

- I thought so.

With the village headman?

Yesterday, we had a celebration.

- Do I have a parasite?

- Yes, you have worms.

Let me take another look.

There. Can you feel it?

Can you remove it?

I only have kids' stuff here.

I'll transfer you to a real hospital.

Isn't this a real hospital?

Yes, but it's a small one.

We don't have much equipment.

Give this to the nurse.

And take more vitamins.

You're too thin.

Thank you, Doctor.

Uncle, it's your turn.

- Hello, Doctor.

- Hello.

How are you feeling?

I lost my appetite and I can't sleep.

- Are you stressed out?

- Not really.

Worried about

the Agricultural Bank loan?

Maybe that's part of it.

But my body just won't sleep.

- How so?

- I feel tired but I can't sleep.

We're expanding the kitchen.

What colour do you want?



Would you like floor tiles?

He doesn't know what they are.

How can he not?

In the olden days,

the kitchen was outside.

I heard he has a mistress.

Tell me where he's hiding her.

I'm seeing his past life now.

Why? Please focus on the present.

He's sitting somewhere.

There is someone with him.

Who is it?

I can't see clearly.

I want to know.

Try to focus, please.

Our problem

is that we think too much.

All day, and all night...

At night, we call it dreaming...

We all dream.

We can't stop them.

Thoughts are the same.

Since we can't stop them,

we must become more aware.

Aware of our thoughts,

and of our dreams.

[The sea can be violent

or still with no pattern...]

[My family is very ordinary...]

Heaven and hell, merit and sin

are all suppositions.

Don't put too much faith in them.

Meditation trains your mind.

The visions we see are caused

by chemical reactions in our brain.

[Everyone has his own karma.]

[I pleaded to the gods

for my next life.]

[Life is like candlelight.]

When you sleep,

your mind is still active.

[When he sees his nephew,

he always asks why he's so thin.]

["Don't you buy him milk?"]

[They held hands...]

[He was the youngest one...]

Anyone can achieve awareness

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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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