Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives // Lung Bunmi Raluek Chat
(Apichatpong Weerasethakul - 2010)
Boonmee: I don’t know how I will find you after I’m dead. Where should my spirit go to look for you? In heaven?
Huay: Heaven is overrated. There’s nothing there.
Boonmee: Where are you then?
Huay: Ghosts aren’t attached to places but to people, to the living.
- I realized it was a dream. It’s a dream within a dream. I reached out for a 2B pencil. I drew a picture on paper, my back to the dream. I kept turning back to look at the large images, trying to copy them to mimic the colors. The picture I drew turned out to be of my hometown.
- A building?
- Buildings from my memory. From my memory they were houses. A town that hadn’t changed. I kept drawing and looking back, worrying that that floating dream would disappear. Then the colors slowly disappeared. The dreamed turned black and white. I was sorry. I tried to remember the colors. I knew then that dream was in color. My drawing was of my hometown in Khon Kaen. It was in black and white. I drew many buildings. I was surprised at how good my drawing was. I called Mr. Chen in Shanghai. I said, “I quit filmmaking. From now on I will draw. Be a painter. And draw only buildings in Khon Kaen”. Mr. Chen was so happy. He said, “Let’s go for dinner”. He’s happy I stopped doing movies.
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