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Tropical Malady (2004)

Sud pralad (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 24 November 2004 (France)
A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Banlop Lomnoi ... Keng
Sakda Kaewbuadee ... Tong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Huai Dessom Huai Dessom
Sirivech Jareonchon Sirivech Jareonchon
Udom Promma Udom Promma
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Storyline

'Tropical Malady' explores the passionate relationship between two men with unusual consequences. The film is divided in two parts. 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. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Thailand | France | Germany | Italy

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

24 November 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$270, 26 June 2005

Gross USA:

$46,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,750
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original title in Thai means in English: "Beast" or "Monster". The director translates the original Thai title into English as "Strange Animal". This is the literal, word-for-word translation (Sud = Animal, Pralad = Strange). See more »

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Referenced in Three Exercises of Interpretation (2013) See more »

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Exciting and full of mystery
16 October 2004 | by dvheatonSee all my reviews

An exhilarating, confusing adventure. The first half of the film tells a love story, leaving small hints at the ways people can never really know one another. The second half uses a mythic tale and experimental style to explore that theme. It's an attempt to use film and storytelling to portray the feelings and instincts that human beings have but can't find words for. Exciting, but not for those who want everything wrapped up and defined (the film argues against the very possibility of easy definitions). I also highly recommend his two other feature-length films: "Mysterious Object at Noon" and "Blissfully Yours." Hopefully "Tropical Malady" will be released widely enough to get the attention it deserves, and hopefully one day "Blissfully Yours" will make its way to DVD.


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