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Tropical Malady (2005)

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.
NR (Contains sexual theme and drug references)
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest , Romance
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Critic Reviews for Tropical Malady

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (14)

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

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Tropical Malady is the work of a visionary fabulist.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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

It is like two different unrelated stories sloppily combined in a film that, even with an absorbing atmosphere and a powerful sound design, feels loosely bound together, as it allows of several different interpretations and comes off as frustratingly vague and empty in its core.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

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