If there’s such a thing as a party movie, then there is surely its opposite—the kind of picture that lulls you into a meditative state. This style is never going to be adopted by the Marvel Universe (well, maybe if they do a proper Silver Surfer movie), but even a filmmaker as jumpy as Martin Scorsese is slowing down for his next film, the snappily-titled Silence, a religious tale set in Japan.
This need for an alternative “slow cinema” may help explain why the work of Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul has been so gratefully received on the film-festival circuit. Enigmatic and dreamy films such as Syndromes and a Century and the Cannes award-winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives are extended looks at off hours and inexplicable events. His latest, Cemetery of Splendor, exudes a lazy-Sunday atmosphere while quietly suggesting the mood of his country in the wake of its 2014 military junta.