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.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
71
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
Year:
2006
105 min
80 Views

You majored in Pharmacy?

Only for two years

Then I studied medicine for four more

Why did you switch faculties?

I found life in the pharmacy boring

You don't get to meet many people

But it's comfortable work

Yes, but it's always the same old faces

I like meeting a wide variety of people

To gather new experiences?

Yes, to see faces come and go

How would you describe yourself?

I'd say I'm a cheerful person

Why do you think you're cheerful?

I'm gauging from my friend's reactions

when they're with me

They seem to enjoy themselves

Do you play any sports?

- Sports...

- Can you draw?

I can play basketball

What position do you play?

Centre

Do you prefer drawing with paint,

pencils or pastels?

Drawing? Pencils, mostly

- You prefer pencils?

- Yes

Do you prefer triangles,

squares or circles?

Circles

A circle? What colour would it be?

I'd like it to be clear

Clear? And what size?

- About the size of the bottom of a glass

- The bottom of a glass

Do you keep any pets?

I used to have a cat

You had a cat...

Can you sit up straight, please?

Turn to the left

OK. What hand do you use

for surgery?

- My right hand

- Can I see it?

Stretch out your arm

Spread out your hand

Clench your fist

Clench it harder. Hold it steady

That's fine

- What was that for?

- What does DDT stand for?

- Pardon?

- What does DDT stand for?

DDT...?

Do we have to know that here?

What does it stand for?

Is it the pesticide?

'Destroy Dirty Things'

Or is it 'Deep Down To You'?

Take this note to Dr Prasarn

in the emergency ward

- Don't peek at it, Doctor

- OK

- Is there...?

- I'll be off, then

See you

Sorry I kept you waiting

A cup of tea?

Doctor... I brought you a small gift

You shouldn't have

Thank you very much

Is it beef or pork?

It's crispy pork

Keep it in the freezer

so it stays crispy longer

Thank you again

Excuse me...

...this is my first day here...

Are you sure you want me

in the emergency ward?

Aren't you used to it

from the army camp?

Not really. We rarely saw

serious cases there

And when I see blood I get...

You get what?

Excuse me

Pardon me,

Dr Prasarn asked me to fetch you

Koh, this is Dr Nohng

- Hello

- Hello

To fetch me or Dr Nohng?

- I'm not sure

- Then please take Dr Nohng there

- Aren't you coming, too?

- Of course. Just give me a second

- How's Nook? I haven't seen her lately

- Busy selling T-shirts. I want a new girl

She might find a new guy first

Imet a cute girl while I was

out drinking with Dr Prasarn

- Whereabouts?

- A place right behind the hospital

There are pubs behind the hospital?

Didn't you know?

I pass by everyday

and haven't seen any

What time do you pass?

They open after 9:00pm

No one's around that late

Everyone's gone home by then

So he got her number and called her up

How did it go?

Well, she also gave me her number,

and it turns out she liked me more

Really?

When I called her,

we talked for over two hours

Who's prettier, her or Nook?

Dr Nohng, aren't you sore...

...from walking so stiffly?

I'm used to it

This way, Doctor

Dr Prasarn, this is Dr Nohng

whom I recommended

Did you see a lot of patients yesterday?

Not really. It feels busier today

Are they construction workers?

- Yes, a couple of brothers

- Really?

- They're cute, huh?

- They're OK

- Our hospital's giving away glasses?

- Like the ones in star Wars

You're right!

The same style

- I forgot I've left someone in my room

- Who?

It's OK, I'll go back to them

after my rounds

They're going to plant a lot more trees

This is where they'll set up the stage

For the Buddhist holiday?

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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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