Apichatpong Weerasethakul revisits similar themes in this mysterious and playful film about death, reincarnation and ghosts. Uncle boonmee’s last few days in this life are spent with visiting relatives and the ghost of his deceased wife and son.
‘The bridge into the afterlife gradually lowers and strange (though not unpleasant) things start happening. Gathered for dinner on the porch, Boonmee and his guests encounter the friendly ghost of his long-dead wife, and his long-lost son also appears in non-human, hirsute form. As the title suggests, the film then shifts into a full-on meditation on his past lives with many peculiar vignettes, including an instantly notorious one involving human-catfish relations.