Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / one sheet / USA


Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Thailand - original title)
Year of Film
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Natthakarn Aphaiwonk, Geerasak Kulhong, Wallapa Mongkolprasert, Kanokporn Tongaram, Samud Kugasang
Origin of Film
Thailand | UK | France | Germany | Spain | Netherlands
Genre(s) of Film
Drama | Fantasy
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Origin of Poster
Year of Poster
Chris Ware
Chris Ware
Size (inches)
27" x 39 12/16"
SS or DS

This is one of those posters that you can’t quite believe the studio was willing to go ahead and print, but you’re very glad they did! The poster was designed and illustrated by the brilliant cartoonist Chris Ware, the man behind the sublime Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth graphic novel and other excellent creations such as Quimby the Mouse (one of his earliest charatcters).

In an article on the Vulture website, the artist says of the poster; “I wanted to get at both the transcendent solemnity of the film while keeping some sense of its loose, very unpretentious accessibility.” He also remarks,”This being a poster, however — and even worse, me not really being a designer — I realized it also had to be somewhat punchy and strange, so as to draw viewers in and pique their curiosity without, hopefully, insulting their intelligence.”

The intricate lettering, oblique imagery and brilliant use of colour is quintessential of Ware’s work and it’s a thrill to see it on such a big scale. I’ve read some complaints that it’s almost too difficult to read, but I think that’s part of its charm and it is infinitely more interesting than most of the bland photoshopped creations so prevalent today.

The film itself, as the title suggests, focuses on the reminiscences of Uncle Boonmee, a dying man who spends his final days recalling his previous lives with the ghost of his dead wife and his long lost son who has returned as a kind of ape creature with red eyes (as depicted on this poster). Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the film is based on a book that was written after a man named Boonmee approached Phra Sripariyattiweti, the abbot of a Buddhist temple in the director’s home town, claiming he could clearly remember his own previous lives while meditating. The abbot was so impressed with Boonmee’s ability that he published a book called A Man Who Can Recall His Past Lives in 1983.

Winning the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, it’s certainly not a film for everyone with slow meditative sequences and bizarre, often hallucinatory imagery, but it’s definitely worth a watch, particularly for fans of world cinema.

The original trailer is on YouTube.

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  1. Author
    Posted by Mara Keja Scantlebury
    Date Posted
    on 22 November 2022

    I love your website!!
    I wonder if you know how I can buy a copy of Chris Ware’s poster for the movie
    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives–do you know of a good place?

    I would so appreciate your help!

    P.S. I was just in France and the Pompidou Museum in Paris had a Chris Ware exhibition!

    Mara Keja Scantlebury
    [email protected]

  2. Author
    Posted by eddie
    Date Posted
    on 12 December 2022

    Hi Mara, the best thing to do is to keep an eye on auctions on emovieposter.com (which is an auction site I really recommend) as they have sold a few over the years. It does show up occasionally. Hope that helps.