Syndromes and a Century

· 102min.

Tributo a la memoria y a la evolución personal.
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Tributo a la memoria y a la evolución personal. Evocando la época en la que sus padres se conocieron y vivieron su relación, el director nos presenta a una serie de personajes muy peculiares que irán alimentando los recuerdos que él mismo tiene de su infancia.

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¿Cómo lo haces, Joe? Tus películas son tan cercanas y al mismo tiempo tan lejanas... Se escapan de las manos cuando piensas que las puedes asir. Entre el minuto 7 y el 8 de la película sucede magia. Parece que lo pudiese hacer cualquiera, pero no es verdad. Y ahí está el secreto.

Sinceramente maravillosa. Una lección de cine en continua mutación. Weerasethakul logra diversificar las corrientes de sentido a través la una puesta en escena itinerante, tanto en el tono como en la forma.


No la entiendo muy bien qué quiere contar. Además los subtítulos desaparecen tan rápido que no te da tiempo a leer.


"Syndromes and a Century is a poem on screen: a film of ideas and visual tropes that upends conventional narrative expectations, not out of a simple desire to disconcert but to break through the carapace of normality, to give us the knight's-move away from reality that the Russian formalists said was the prerogative of art. It's a movie to be compared with the work of Antonioni - or Sergei Parajanov. Perhaps, with its freakiness and scariness in those hospital basement scenes, it is something that might have intrigued Kubrick. If you want a film as challenging and exhilarating as the most weird and wonderful exhibition at Tate Modern, if you are bored with all the usual boilerplate material coming out of Hollywood, or even if you're not, then this is a film for you. Try it."

Peter Bradshaw de The Guardian


"Considering the challenges it poses, Syndromes and a Century is an exceptionally easy and pleasurable watch. Apichatpong Weerasethakul's earlier features Blissfully Yours (2002) and Tropical Malady (2004) weren't exactly hard slogs either, but both had more or less linear narratives. Although it's scripted and acted, Syndromes has no narrative as such: it offers a series of vignettes, some of them seen twice in substantially different versions, with no obvious causal logic or storytelling flow. It's not even a Borges-like 'Garden of Forking Paths', since the repetitions and variations don't affect lives or outcomes. At first sight, the assemblage of episodes and incidents seems random, although the tone darkens decisively in the closing stages. The cumulative effect, however, is liberating, and not just because so many of the images and actors are so beautiful."

Tony Rays de Sight & Sound


"Profoundly mysterious, erotic, funny, gentle, playful, utterly distinctive, it is the work of the Thai director and installation-artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who now has a claim to be approaching the league of Kiarostami and Haneke."

Peter Bradshaw de Variety


"Are these parallel tales a Buddhist romance? An attempt to induce something like 3-D narrative depth? A consideration of repetitive human activity over the course of a lifetime? You might as well ask why the breeze is rustling the leaves."

J. Hoberman de Village Voice