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Tropical Malady forsakes straight narrative lines and easy answers in favor of an utterly unique drama that leaves a lingering, dreamlike impact. Read critic reviews

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Keng (Banlop Lomnoi) is a soldier stationed in a quiet Thai village where the days progress with methodical slowness. Not much happens of interest until Keng encounters local boy Tong (Sakda Kaewbuadee), and the pair begin a tentative romance. Then, in a surreal move typical of director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the film splinters into a story about a soldier (also Lomnoi) searching for a lost boy in the jungle and meeting a vexing spirit (also Kaewbuadee).

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Critic Reviews for Tropical Malady

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Audience Reviews for Tropical Malady

  • Dec 21, 2011
    Experimentation has always existed; existentialism and myths unraveling undeniable realities in an always folkloric society intertwining in a Thai masterpiece of stillness and patient brilliance. Weerasethakul's scope is massive, controversial, provocative, touching sensitive fibers, challenging social protocols and supposed previously established morals in order to conceive a work of art which is a true example of one of cinema's most valuable forms: the one born straight out from an auteur's vision. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2010
    Deeply moving and powerful film about the relationship between a young soldier and the rural farm boy he falls in love with. Divided into two parts, first the tale of their relationship, and second the tale of a soldier hunting a mysterious monster that has been attacking villagers, "Tropical Malady" takes a haunting and abstract look at love as seen through reality and mythology. Its striking symbolism and beautiful execution is a feast for both the mind and the heart.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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