Tropical Malady Reviews

  • Feb 05, 2017

    The film is a fascinating enigma of the mind and the human heart that leaves one both euphoric and reflective, whether you choose to see its narrative as fractured or beautifully original.

    The film is a fascinating enigma of the mind and the human heart that leaves one both euphoric and reflective, whether you choose to see its narrative as fractured or beautifully original.

  • Jul 23, 2016

    Unusual film by an unusual filmmaker is a bit rambling.

    Unusual film by an unusual filmmaker is a bit rambling.

  • May 25, 2015

    Fascinating and oddly touching experimental film that follows the story of desire and love between two Thai men. One of these men seems eager and fully embrace his sexuality while the other fights this desire out of fear. Apichatpong Weerasethakul's film then cleverly shits gears from realism to a culturally inspired twist into the surreal. It stands alone as one of the more interesting and potent International films to deal with the issue of societal pressure and dangers of being opening gay.

    Fascinating and oddly touching experimental film that follows the story of desire and love between two Thai men. One of these men seems eager and fully embrace his sexuality while the other fights this desire out of fear. Apichatpong Weerasethakul's film then cleverly shits gears from realism to a culturally inspired twist into the surreal. It stands alone as one of the more interesting and potent International films to deal with the issue of societal pressure and dangers of being opening gay.

  • Dec 04, 2014

    It's an experience that touches all senses with its vivid presentation of life and love. It pushes you to explore not just what is hidden underneath the surface of Weerasethakul's world but also your own. It gives you the time and space to do so.

    It's an experience that touches all senses with its vivid presentation of life and love. It pushes you to explore not just what is hidden underneath the surface of Weerasethakul's world but also your own. It gives you the time and space to do so.

  • Nov 18, 2014

    Apichatpong submerges in the hypnotic nature of the mundane so we can fully appreciate and feel the transcendental. The awkwardly tender love story between a soldier and a farmer in the Thai tropical rainforest we see for the first hour is then re-contextualized as a mystical exploration of love and desire as animal instincts. His style is subdued but still pretty much present, emphasizing only in the ethereal sense of atmosphere and light surrealism, and letting the emotional core guide us through this deeply enthralling spiritual experience.

    Apichatpong submerges in the hypnotic nature of the mundane so we can fully appreciate and feel the transcendental. The awkwardly tender love story between a soldier and a farmer in the Thai tropical rainforest we see for the first hour is then re-contextualized as a mystical exploration of love and desire as animal instincts. His style is subdued but still pretty much present, emphasizing only in the ethereal sense of atmosphere and light surrealism, and letting the emotional core guide us through this deeply enthralling spiritual experience.

  • Nov 09, 2014

    An experimental and avant-garde film, no doubt, but a beautiful, tender, and hypnotic work of poetry. The second half of this film is the most beautiful of nightmares while the first is a truly tender love story between two men. By film's end, I was raptured into it's hypnotic groove. Films like this are few and very far between.

    An experimental and avant-garde film, no doubt, but a beautiful, tender, and hypnotic work of poetry. The second half of this film is the most beautiful of nightmares while the first is a truly tender love story between two men. By film's end, I was raptured into it's hypnotic groove. Films like this are few and very far between.

  • Mar 19, 2014

    Weerasethakul continues his status as probably the most enigmatic filmmaker in the world. His movies are frustrating, beautiful, experimental, and a about a million other different words. Tropical Malady is basically a movie in two parts. The first part is a fairly straightforward love story between two men, and the second part puts the same two actors into different roles as a soldier lost in the woods hunting for a shape shifting wild man. I totally understand why this movie was booed on it's initial release, but I also see why it's come to a higher understanding in recent years. I wouldn't recommend this to most people because it can be incredibly slow paced at times and it's borderline pretentious, but it never jumps into ridiculous art house cliches and maintains a subtle fantasy/dreamscape throughout. Fans of the directors other work should check it out!

    Weerasethakul continues his status as probably the most enigmatic filmmaker in the world. His movies are frustrating, beautiful, experimental, and a about a million other different words. Tropical Malady is basically a movie in two parts. The first part is a fairly straightforward love story between two men, and the second part puts the same two actors into different roles as a soldier lost in the woods hunting for a shape shifting wild man. I totally understand why this movie was booed on it's initial release, but I also see why it's come to a higher understanding in recent years. I wouldn't recommend this to most people because it can be incredibly slow paced at times and it's borderline pretentious, but it never jumps into ridiculous art house cliches and maintains a subtle fantasy/dreamscape throughout. Fans of the directors other work should check it out!

  • Jan 06, 2014

    A dreamily disjointed film that goes from the homosexual courtship of a young country boy by a young male soldier to the tale of the hunting down of a shape shifting ghost. It is this inconsistency that gives this Thai film its chief appeal, making it feel like a lucid dream, defying conventions and being fearlessly mystifying to the point where it may test the patience of some viewers, but on the other hand seem rewarding to anyone willing to follow its elusiveness.

    A dreamily disjointed film that goes from the homosexual courtship of a young country boy by a young male soldier to the tale of the hunting down of a shape shifting ghost. It is this inconsistency that gives this Thai film its chief appeal, making it feel like a lucid dream, defying conventions and being fearlessly mystifying to the point where it may test the patience of some viewers, but on the other hand seem rewarding to anyone willing to follow its elusiveness.

  • Dec 11, 2013

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

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

  • Jan 05, 2013

    effective and affecting film-making . the second half plunges the first into a provocative posthumanist resonance. It's a wonderfully made and performed hinged narrative; genuinely suspenseful and beguiling.

    effective and affecting film-making . the second half plunges the first into a provocative posthumanist resonance. It's a wonderfully made and performed hinged narrative; genuinely suspenseful and beguiling.