Tropical Malady
(Sud pralad)

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
With Banlop Lomnoi, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Huai Dessom.
Thailand/France/Germany/Italy, 2004, 35mm, color, 118 min.
Thai with English subtitles.
Print source: UCLA

A Jury Prize winner at Cannes, Weerasethakul’s third feature heralded a new wave of auteur cinema in Thailand. Audacious in its form and content, the film begins with an unassuming love story between a male soldier—who comes to a small town on a mission—and a young local man. While we witness the courtship and the blossoming of young love, the film bifurcates into something entirely new after the young man disappears into the dark. The narrative begins again, this time following the soldier as he searches for a shaman in the form of a tiger. Much of the screen time is dedicated to the darkness of the jungle and the animals and spirits that inhabit the place. 

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