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Syndromes and a Century (2006)

Cast: Nantarat Sawaddikul, Nantarat Sawaddikul, Jaruchai Iamaram, more...
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Suchada Sirithanawuddhi
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Strand Releasing
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance, Southeast Asia
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: Thai
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
The real-life love story between filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents inspired this romantic drama which follows three separate stories occurring over a span of forty years. First, a shy but charming young doctor has just started working at a hospital in Bangkok, and he soon becomes deeply infatuated with a female surgeon on the staff. However, he has a rival for her affections, as she has feelings for a man who grows and sells orchids. Later, a monk comes to the same hospital for an appointment with a female oral surgeon; over the course of the visit, the two discover they have a powerful chemistry, which may be love or could represent a deep level of spiritual communication. Finally, a new intern on the hospital's staff finds it difficult to deal with the prying minds of the administrative staff and he escapes into the outer reaches of the hospital, only to discover a forgotten wing of patients suffering from a variety of unusual maladies. Starring Nantarat Sawaddikul, Sophon Pukanok and Jaruchai Iamaram, Sang Sattawat (aka Syndromes and a Century) received its world premiere at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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Perfect antidote to Hollywood steroids by shiftless May 10, 2009 - 12:03 PM PDT
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Beautiful, mysterious, romantic and initially confusing. I cannot get over how amazingly gorgeous every shot in this film was. Makes me wish for Blu-ray and hi-def. Some will be bored by the pacing and lack of "plot" but I really enjoyed this. The old monk in each story was hilarious, and the little bits of humor like this that peppered the scenes was perfection. Big screen, quiet night, go for it.

don't bother by WZoller February 7, 2008 - 3:22 PM PST
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1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
slow moving; repetitive; didn't really go anywhere.




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These were all the films I thought stood out in a strong '07; as they arrive on DVD I'll add to this list. Detailed opinions on each of these films can be found on my full list: 15 Best of 2007
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