The plot revolves around a spreading epidemic of sleeping sickness. A lonesome middle-age housewife tends a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance. Spirits appear to the stricken and hallucination becomes indistinguishable from reality. The epidemic is used as a metaphor for personal and Thai societal issues.Add Synopsis In Portuguese
Cemetery of Splendor is full of busy times. A deep well of freshwater that Weerasethakul can use to fill history and figures with life, but above all are situations and impressions that transcend these situations, which have a cinematographic, electrifying effect. A hen walks about the quarters, a small army of girls in tow. Our gaze may wander, here and there, like that of the chicks. Women chat next to a sleeping patient's bed that suddenly reveals their masculinity. When the light therapy in the dormitory is about to begin, all helpers and doctors suddenly swarm to close the blinds so that the colored lamps unfold their effect. Light and long shots find an animated choreography and the happy laxity of the actors. Together, they turn the hospital and surrounding fields into a promising place that you do not want to leave so early, despite the best knowledge. "When you sleep," Jen says once, "even the city lights are weak." In Weerasethakul, we are awake and the lights can shine. A silver lining for Thailand.