Tropical Malady: Film & the Question of the Uncanny Human-Animal


  • Barbara Creed University of Melbourne



The acclaimed Thai film, Tropical Malady (2004), represents the tropics as a surreal place where conscious and unconscious are as inextricably entwined. Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tropical Malady presents two interconnected stories: one a quirky gay love story; the other a strange disconnected narrative about a shape-shifting shaman, a man-beast and a ghostly tiger. This paper will argue that from it beginnings in the silent period, the cinema has created an uncanny zone of tropicality where human and
animal merge.




How to Cite

Creed, B. (2011). Tropical Malady: Film & the Question of the Uncanny Human-Animal. ETropic: Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics, 10.