The postman has just delivered a DVD package of Apichatpong’s enigmatic film, Tropical Malady, distributed by Second Run, a UK-based DVD company. I have watched the film a few times before on the FILM FOUR channel. I even recorded it onto a DVD but unfortunately the disc did not work very well with a new DVD player. It was really a bit of a shame. It was a good thing though that I happened to know that the movie would be realeased on 11th August and finally I now have it in my hand. Hooray!
Every movie by this unique, impenetrable director is very challenging and often tests the limits of your patience. Not many viewers, including myself, are able to fathom out what Apichatpong is trying to convey through his medium. The best thing to do when watching his work is to just relax and enjoy the moment. No answer is given, and maybe you do not need to know either. The journey that the director leads you through is captivating. And if you are able to sit through it till the end, the rewards are immense. You might ask the question why, from Mysterious Object at Noon to Syndromes and a Century, every story of this director has to have a scene that takes place in a hospital. And why there is always one scene in the same room with the same chair. I myself cannot answer these questions. All I know is that Apichatpong spent a lot of his childhood in the place, as his parents are both doctors. It might or might not be relevant. You just need to find that out by yourself.