Previously at the ICA - Films

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Syndromes and a Century, 2006

Members' Screening: Syndromes and a Century

25 May 2014

Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul amazes us with a radiant, illuminated meditation on young doctors in love, based upon Weerasethakul's memories of his own parents (both doctors) and of growing up in the hospital environment.

Eschewing traditional narrative in favour of an impressionistic montage of seemingly trivial but often poignant images – things overlooked, misplaced, forgotten – the film offers no beginning or end, but a hypnotic and tender meditation which becomes both absurd and moving, intensely pleasurable – and ultimately transcendent.

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Syndromes and a Century, dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/France/Austria 2006, 106 mins, cert. 15. Thai with English subtitles.

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