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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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Official Sites:

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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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Somewhat obscure and self indulgent with a good movie in there somewhere
15 September 2004 | by j-miller80See all my reviews

Don't watch alone... I saw this knowing nothing about it as my pal misread the programme for the Toronto Film Festival and our first choice was not on. So, knowing nothing about it I found it lavish but disjointed... a film that frankly missed and which I feel I could have made had I had the budget. It flattered to deceive and did not deliver on its introductory references to the beast in man and the gloss of civilization. Instead we were subjected to a very personal view which failed to communicate to those that did not already know what to expect and therefore, frankly, failed. Having said that it was a great travel movie showing me parts I regret I would otherwise not reach and a brave attempt to make a very un-commercial film about something obviously very personal where the temptation to resist to commerciality or superficiality was clearly resisted


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