Tropical Malady (Sud Pralad)

Like 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2004 film Tropical Malady welcomes viewers to a magical cinematic jungle, a place of cosmic mystery and the mystical transmigration of souls. The first half of the film focuses on the burgeoning romance between soldier Keng and farm boy Tong, who spend a day traveling around the city by scooter; the second half of this provocative diptych finds Keng pursuing a tiger in the nighttime jungle, one who may or may not be a ghost, may or may not be Tong in spirit form and where the hunter may or may not be the hunted. Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Winner Special Jury Prize, 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

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