Cemetery of Splendor

Cemetery of Splendor

Cemetery of Splendor

2016. Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethaku.

Have you ever been metaphysically blown away by something? So much so that describing it becomes a burden? That is my take on Cemetery of Splendor, a masterpiece film that defies classification.

The set up: Soldiers are trapped in comas, having turbulent dreams.

I left that alone on purpose. This films almost defies critique. It's a journey, a riddle of a film that is methodical in it's presentation and genuine in it's delivery.

This film is a massive commentary on the state of Thailand's social strata while simultaneously destroying genre foundations. It's a beautiful, turtle paced examination of the human condition. There is no score, there is no reprieve. Once you engage, you are locked into this Escher like one act play.

Filled with some of the most human displays of everyday life, coupled with hypnotic gestures, Cemetery of Splendor delivers a heady dissertation on the mankind's condition and it does not apologize nor ask for forgiveness.

Easily cresting the shoulders of others to attain top ten status, I will remain rebelliously vague in an attempt to preserve this film's magic. Available for rental on digital streams, this is a film that will have you questioning everything long after it's pitch perfect conclusion.

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