Original title: Sang Sattawat
Directors: Weerasethakul, Apichatpong
Cast: Nantarat Sawaddikul, Jaruchai Iamaram, Nu Nimsomboon, Sophon Pukanok
Thailand-Austria-France 2006 | Colour | 105 mins | Drama
Avaliable on: 35mm, DVD
Syndromes and a Century establishes young Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul as one of the most exciting talents in world cinema today. This, his fifth feature, is a spellbinding Buddhist meditation on the mysteries of love and attraction, the workings of memory, and the ways in which happiness is triggered. Dubbed ‘a hospital comedy of a metaphysical bent’, it features young doctors in love, a Buddhist monk who suffers from bad dreams about chickens, an elderly haematologist who hides her whisky supplies in a prosthetic limb, and a young monk who forms an intense bond with a singing dentist.