Tropical Malady

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13

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  1. VinceH.
    Aug 30, 2005
    10
    To paraphrase David B., this is truly a "bending experience" in every sense of the word. From the mysterious and glazy opening scenes of soldiers and families in a rural farm eating, to the languid would-be love affair that constitutes the first half of the film are both perfect. The opening credits coming in about 30 minutes in, the gorgeous use of Thai pop music that Weerasethakul uses To paraphrase David B., this is truly a "bending experience" in every sense of the word. From the mysterious and glazy opening scenes of soldiers and families in a rural farm eating, to the languid would-be love affair that constitutes the first half of the film are both perfect. The opening credits coming in about 30 minutes in, the gorgeous use of Thai pop music that Weerasethakul uses so lyrically, the amateurish acting and dialogue. It is all just magic. There is no way to describe it. None of this even comes close to the experience of the last 45-50 minutes of the film or so, when Keng explores the vast jungle searching for a ghost-tiger. This is easily the most pure and beautiful cinema I have seen in the theaters since "Spirited Away". The use of natural sound and the dark and disquieting texture that Weerasethakul creates is just mindboggling. As Dennis Lim says, it "promotes new ways of seeing". This is the kind of film that when you walk outside after, EVERYTHING will look different. There are really no words I can think of to describe the evocative state-of-mind and euphoria that this part of the movie put into me. I wanted to sit and watch it all over again, but unfortunately I caught the last screening in my town. IT comes to this: you need to see this film. Your life will be better for it (and no, that is not an overstatement). Collapse
  2. DanielB.
    Jul 28, 2005
    10
    By bending experience... Demands repeat viewings...Visually stunning masterpiece.

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Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. A spellbinding, beautiful, enigmatic film with a mysterious, allusive two-part structure.
  2. Certainly for most audiences the viewing experience will prove not only tedious but bewildering.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    60
    Takes the viewer on a mysterious and sporadically fascinating trip into the darkness of the human heart and Thai legend.