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Leaf on a Pillow (1998)

Daun di atas bantal (original title)
The Indonesian society is seen through a middle-aged lady's eyes in her daily encounters with the street children who work and live off the harsh and sleazy world of adults.

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Sarah Azhari
Deni Christantra
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Asih
Heru
Kancil
Sugeng
Kabri Wali
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The Indonesian society is seen through a middle-aged lady's eyes in her daily encounters with the street children who work and live off the harsh and sleazy world of adults.

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A Well Balanced Authentic Realism
29 December 2004 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Authenticity is key in this piece, mirrored from its costume, art direction, cinematography and of course casting. From my opinion, 'Daun Di Atas Bantal' is a well balanced realism.

With intense performances by the real street children, it's only natural to feel like a documentary. Very composed and driven, the respectable Christine Hakim as 'Asih' (or perhaps derived from 'Kasih' which means love?), topped this fact and played just the right amount of mother and stranger to the children under her care to balance the overwhelmed documentary look.

Dialogues that sometimes seem vague and indistinct however works when holistically reviewed in retrospect, this film depicts realism at its more visually graphic nature than being dialogue-driven.

Life and death, living and barely surviving, are among the films' undoubtedly emotionally engaging issues that never fail to amuse especially non-Indonesians.

A well-deserved standing ovation for Christine Hakim and Garin Nugroho.


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