22min | Short, Drama, Family | 15 May 2017 (USA)
Caught between the traditions of his upbringing in rural Indonesia and his idealization of Western freedom, a teenager struggles with the expectations of imminent manhood.
This movie was a gentle surprise and a beautiful revelation – although filled with pain and inner turmoil – it portrayed the reality of being different in a static society that is filled with traditions that stifle ones own inner sensibilities and freedom. The main actor/protagonist managed to infuse his deep angst and pain with a gentle effort that tore into my heart.
The final realization of his destiny reflects the fate of so many who have struggled with this difference needlessly. The movie has no ending – but it begs for more. Such is the case, and we will have to live with the fact that any more narrative would spoil the utter perfection of this film.
The direction was flawless and the cinematography was splendid.
Recommended without reservations.
Director: Yudho Aditya
Writers: Barbara Cigarroa, Yudho Aditya
Stars: Chicco Kurniawan, Karlina Inawati, Jacob McCarthy
Country: Indonesia | USA
Language: Indonesian | English
Release Date: 15 May 2017 (USA)
Filming Locations: Bogor, Indonesia