Tropical Malady (2004)

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  Release Date: Nov 24, 2004
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  Runtime: 118 min
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Tropical Malady is a drama, movie. The movie is about a A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities. The first half charts the modest attraction between two men in the sunny, relaxing countryside and the second half charts the confusion and terror of an unknown menace lurking deep within the jungle shadows.  According to author-director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tropical Malady is all about gazing and looking. And, indeed, the young Thai filmmaker’s fourth feature film repeatedly celebrates the coy flirting of young people, who coincidentally meet on a city bus or silently sit opposite each other while having dinner with family members. However, this unique, deceptively simple film is not only about gazing and looking; it actually revels in just about every kind of sensual experience. During the movie’s first half, which leisurely chronicles the coy romance between a young soldier named Keng and a farm boy named Tong, the camera frequently foregrounds the characters’ playful fondling of each other. A scene in which Tong licks Keng’s hand, after the latter has urinated precedes a bewildering rupture within the narrative, which virtually divides the film in two halves.

Tropical Malady, 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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Mal dos Trópicos | Tropical Malady - Liebe kennt nur den Moment... | Tropical Malady | Tropical Malady | Τροπική ασθένεια | Choroba tropikalna | Febre Tropical | Tropska slabost | Тропическая болезнь | Tropska bolezen
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