Tropical Malady

(Sud pralad)


Banlop Lomnoi, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Sirivech Jareonchon, Udom Promma,

The agreeably irrational Tropical Malady melds folk fable with euphoric modern moviemaking, effortlessly traversing the mundane and the miraculous. In this pastoral with a dark pulse, two beguiling stories unfold: the first, a playful romance between a handsome soldier, Keng, and Tong, a country boy; the second, a nocturnal journey into a realm of shape-shifting creatures. While Keng and Tong’s blissful courtship is told through moody, tender tableaux, the seeds of a lurking apprehension are being quietly sown—a dead body is found at the edge of the jungle, cows are found slaughtered in the fields. The villagers tell of a spirit that inhabits the body of a wandering tiger. As the second story emerges, Tropical Malady leaves behind the matter-of-fact for the mystical, a lush jungle peopled by talking monkeys and tricksters in human form. And who is that stalking the dread tiger? Is it soldier Keng? In this numinous tropic, we relish the malady of not necessarily knowing.

Steve Seid
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Vichit Tanapanitch
  • Jarin Pengpanitch
  • Jean Louis Vialard
  • Thai
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 118 mins
  • Academy Film Archive
  • Strand Releasing