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  • Writer's pictureValerie A. Higgs

BFI #96 Tropical Malady (2004)

Keng is a soldier falls in love with Tong, a young man who works in an ice factory. Later, a soldier goes into the jungle in search of a missing boy and meets a mysterious and powerful shaman.



This movie lulled me to sleep. Twice.


I want to say that it was because of the slow-moving action and the sounds of the jungle. I fell asleep at the same point both times I watched Tropical Malady and I woke up at the same point both times. I feel like there was something I wasn't meant to see. (jk)


I've had a few days to think about this movie. I'm not going to lie, I was not a big fan. I had to force myself awake to finish it.


In my defense, both times I tried to watch I had had rough weeks. I haven't found the best time to watch the movies on this challenge. Sunday afternoons seem to be the worst time. I don't want to blame the movie for putting me to sleep.


It was definitely a slow burn. If you don't like slow builds, you won't like this movie. There is a payoff, but it's very late in the picture.


However, I can understand why The Cannes Film Festival gave it awards. It was unusual. It was almost like a dream. I was never quite sure what I was seeing or what I was supposed to see. The actors were charming.


I'm not sure if I would have put it on the top 100 greatest movies, but it was artistic enough to understand why it was.






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