Tropical Malady (2005)

Tropical Malady

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated (Contains sexual theme and drug references)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Special Interest
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Written By: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
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On DVD: Nov 1, 2005
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Tropical Malady

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (16)

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

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Washington Post
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For an exquisite taste of sensory cinema, look no further.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2005
Chicago Tribune
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Tropical Malady is the work of a visionary fabulist.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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This may be one of the most rapturously original, mysteriously beautiful love stories ever told -- Baboon-language skills optional.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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An intriguing emotional and intellectual puzzle that made me feel exhilarated and contemplative.

Full Review… | July 15, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Tropical Malady

Two different stories in tone and narrative combined in the same film: first a naturalist, bucolic gay romance, then a mysterious, enigmatic tale of spirits in a dense forest. Even if creating an absorbing sensorial atmosphere, the whole feels loosely bound together, allowing of infinite interpretations and thus appearing vague and empty in its core.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

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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.

gor41
Gordon A

Super Reviewer

½

[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]
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[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]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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