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SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
A film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The fifth feature from Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is an infinitely suggestive, enigmatic piece of cinema, a meditation on time, magic and memory, described as 'one of the headiest films of 2006'.
Syndromes and a Century offers two separate stories or fragments set in hospitals, one rural and possibly in the past, one urban and possibly in the future. Or perhaps both are the same, at different periods, and the second set of characters reincarnations of the first.
Apichatpong himself describes the film as 'random and mysterious', and, like the work of David Lynch, this film denies obvious interpretation. Syndromes and a Century is that rare thing, a hypnotic, playful experience that takes the viewer on a journey with no particular destination in mind and offers a quality of experience unmatched in contemporary cinema
Thailand, Austria, France | 2006 | colour | Thai language with English subtitles | 105 minutes | DVD-9 | Ratio 1.66:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Region 2 DVD