Ceme­tery of Splen­dour

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

IN A small Thai town, a troop of sol­diers comes down with a strange case of sleep­ing sick­ness. An aban­doned ele­men­tary school is con­verted to ac­com­mo­date them.

Jen­jira Wid­ner (Jen­jira) is a mid­dle-age Thai woman mar­ried to a re­tired US sol­dier. She vol­un­teers to tend to the sleep­ing sol­diers, and takes a spe­cial in­ter­est in Itta (Ban­lop) who has no vis­it­ing rel­a­tives.

She also be­friends Nui (Petcharat), a clair­voy­ant who claims to be able to read the sleep­ers’ minds.

Jen­jira then meets two god­desses who tell her about the rest­ing place of an an­cient king un­der­neath the school.

The king is us­ing the sleep­ing sol­diers to fight his war. As a re­sult, the sol­diers feel tired all the time and need to rest.

Jen­jira is alarmed and feels pro­tec­tive to­wards Itta. Even though he only wakes up a few hours per day, Itta makes her heart flut­ter.

This film is not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea. The pac­ing is ter­ri­bly slow. You need pa­tience to en­joy it.

Some might even doze off half­way through, very much like the sol­diers them­selves!

You will also ex­pe­ri­ence how cer­tain char­ac­ters are go­ing through lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion.

The more you delve into the film, the more you re­alise that the direc­tor used sym­bols to show how the past does not have a place in a so­ci­ety that is mov­ing ahead at fast speed.

The first scene be­gins with the school be­ing slowly de­mol­ished, and by the end of the film, the de­mo­li­tion pro­ceeds at full speed.

That is enough to tell you that time waits for no one, and the fu­ture has ar­rived with­out show­ing any mercy. – Bissme S.

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