Tropical Malady


Tropical Malady (2005)


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One of Thailand's leading experimental filmmakers, Apichatpong Weerasethakul directed this ambitious examination of fear and desire. Keng (Banlop Lomnoi) is a soldier who has been assigned duty as a forest ranger in the woodlands of the country. While on duty, he meets a young man named Tong (Sakda Kaewbuadee); Keng becomes deeply infatuated with Tong, but while Tong is friendly with Keng, he is obviously unwilling to respond to his romantic overtures. As Keng deals with his disappointment, he learns that a number of animals and villagers have fallen victim to a vicious predator who may be a tiger or a shape-shifting shaman. Keng gathers his courage and begins tracking the beast, which alternately resembles a jungle cat and his friend Tong. Sud Pralad ( aka Tropical Malady) was screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.


Critic Reviews for Tropical Malady

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14)

The film evolves into something deeper, a story about the atavistic wildness within people.

Sep 2, 2005 | Full Review…

For an exquisite taste of sensory cinema, look no further.

Aug 19, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Some fantasy films make the leap from reality to reverie relatively seamlessly, hopscotching between the two states without leaving the audience behind. Tropical Malady is not one of those.

Aug 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Tropical Malady is the work of a visionary fabulist.

Jul 21, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This may be one of the most rapturously original, mysteriously beautiful love stories ever told -- Baboon-language skills optional.

Jul 21, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

An intriguing emotional and intellectual puzzle that made me feel exhilarated and contemplative.

Jul 15, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tropical Malady

Even with an absorbing atmosphere and a powerful sound design, this strange film is like two different unrelated stories sloppily combined and loosely bound together, allowing of several different interpretations and coming off as frustratingly vague and empty in its essence.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Weerasethakul's film is hard to describe by regular terms. There is no story here, at least not the way you are used to seeing it. And there is a lot of patience that you have to have to go through the second part of the film, where the camera is just following the hunter through his long journey into the jungle. But I must say I felt that my patience paid off at the end. I loved the ending (which I won't describe here for I wouldn't like to write a spoiler): so simple, so heart-felt, yet so genius.

Anastasia  Bartzoulianou
Anastasia Bartzoulianou

Super Reviewer

Two handed Thai drama, the first part tells the story of a burgeoning gay male romance and the second uses the main actors in a traditional Thai folk tale. Atmospheric and certainly original but it left me cold.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]The first half of "Tropical Malady" is about the romance between Keng(Banlop Lomnoi), a former soldier and forest ranger who is now unemployed and another man, Tong(Sakda Kaewbuadee). The second half consists of a soldier(possibly also Keng) hunting a tiger.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]This paradigm shift is similar to the device that David Lynch used in "Lost Highway" and "Mulholland Drive" but with limited success.(It does not really help these movies because it is the equivalent to pulling the carpet out from under the viewer.) And in "Tropical Malady", it has a similar disorienting effect. Maybe if I knew more about Thailand, then I possibly would have liked the movie more.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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