The latest from Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a dreamy, hallucinatory meditation on sound, memory, and history starring Tilda Swinton and set in beautiful Colombia. Swinton plays Jessica, an expat orchid grower with a strange malady: she recurrently experiences a booming sound that no other character can hear.
The quest for answers takes Jessica first to a recording studio, then to the Amazon jungle; in each location, she finds men who offer assistance, but no clear solutions. Weerasethakul may be one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, but he’s not an artist for whom clarity is a priority: his interest lies in the poetic and the mysterious, and on that score, Memoria is a resounding success. It’s also a stunningly beautiful work, with images that will linger in the mind along with the teasing enigmas, the strange sounds, and the feeling of having emerged from a splendid dream.
"[A]stonishing… It left a residue of happiness in my heart."—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Jury Prize (ex aequo), Cannes 2021
Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar, Juan Pablo Urrego, Daniel Giménez Cacho
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Born in Bangkok and raised in northeastern Thailand, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has come to be recognized as one of the most original voices in Asian and world cinema. He has won numerous awards at Cannes, including the Palme d’Or in 2010 for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, the Competition Jury Prize in 2004 for Tropical Malady, and the Un Certain Regard Award with Blissfully Yours (2002). Memoria, shot in Colombia, is the first feature he has made outside Thailand, and the first with an international cast.
Blissfully Yours (2002); Tropical Malady (2004); Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)