filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Tropical Malady is a
film of absolute originality and an incredibly unique vision.
It's a film with very little narrative, but endless depth
and beauty. Tropical Malady is a poetic film that captures
emotions and feelings through it's astounding imagery and
sounds. There's such a mysterious and magical atmosphere captured
that makes this an incredibly absorbing film. I can't say
I understand all the films meanings but the sheer mystical
power of the images left me breathless, and repeat viewings
only heighten the impact. The film is split into two segments
which are connected (through both images and themes). The
first half is a sensitive love story, while the second half
becomes more mysterious and spiritual in evoking that of a
silent film. Ultimately these two segments are very much connected
and I believe they represent a similar theme of the film:
the hidden emotions of connection and relationship, as well
as the indescribable nature of human instincts and feelings.
It is upon discovering the connection of the two segments
that really make the mysteries of the film engaging, haunting,
and really exciting to experience. Like innovative filmmakers
Jean-Luc Godard or Stanley Kubrick, Weerasethakul is extending
the boundaries of narrative and creating a new cinematic language.
Weerasethakul's experimental vision is a brilliant achievement
and the film is a work of art. Tropical Malady is artistic
filmmaking at it's most beautiful and unforgettable. A film
of cultural and spiritual mystery, and poetic beauty.