Boonmee is a middle-aged man, in need of kidney dialysis, who has come to the remote forest to end his days: this is an important place from his childhood, and, he believes, the location for his former existences. His recalling of these past lives is partly, but only partly, a case of previous incarnations being presented in a mystical flashback parallel. There is an extraordinary scene in which an unhappy princess converses and then has ecstatic sex with a catfish. The past lives of the title also refer to those of other people now lost to Boonmee: his dead wife and lost son.
Shifting between fact and fiction in a hotel situated along the Mekong River, a film-maker rehearses a movie expressing the bonds between a vampiric mother and daughter.
Licensed hypnotherapist Damien Bertrand guides ordinary people through emotionally charged past-life regressions to discover the origins of mysterious obsessions, unexplained phobias, peculiar abilities and recurring nightmares. These past-life memories are brought to life via stunning cinematic re-creations from the bloody battlefields of Britain’s Middle Ages to the desert villages of ancient Jerusalem, transporting viewers into ancient worlds as vivid as the present day. What’s more, at every conclusion, the seemingly random names, locations and information revealed by each participant while under hypnosis are validated by extensive research and physical evidence. Will knowing who they were then change how they live now?