As the decade winds to a close and I begin the nerdily fun process of making a pile of ‘best of’ lists, I’m confident that Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady will show up when everything has been finalized. Tropical Malady is a haunting fever dream of a movie, in which Weerasethakul uses a bifurcated narrative to convey both the external and internal swells that swallow one’s heart when in love. Tropical Malady is so open to interpretation that it will confound many viewers, but I connect with Weerasethakul’s achievement on a primal level and it always leaves me deeply shaken.
Tonight’s installment of the Queer/Art/Film series at the 92YTribeca, co-curated by BUTT Magazine co-editor Adam Baran and filmmaker Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue), is presented by artist Angela Dufresne. Go here to buy tickets and learn more.
Better than that, if you aren’t in New York City, no worries. You can add Tropical Malady to your Netflix queue or watch it online, right now, over at The Auteurs.
— Michael Tully