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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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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 harrowing portrait of Indonesian street life
7 August 1999 | by (Pasig City, Philippines) – See all my reviews

"Leaf on a Pillow" reaffirmed my faith in the ability of South-East Asian film-makers. It is a grim, touching story about the plight of Indonesian street kids. The film depicts a society where livelihood is dependent on small businesses, and petty crime is a downright institution. In the mean streets of Yogyakarta, senseless violence is a GIVEN. <p> Watching this is a harrowing experience, from the opening scenes of a D-I-Y piercing, to the ultimate uncovering of a Government conspiracy. It's not quite as shocking as Tran Anh Hung's "Cyclo", but it's much more brutal in the way it deals with day-to-day injustices.

The director owes much to Scorsese. He uses rich, brown hues and dramatic lighting, creating a glum, rustic atmosphere, amidst the low-rent urban sprawl. You really feel for the homeless street children, and their aging, resilient den-mother.

"Leaf on a Pillow" is an example of simple, well-crafted narrative cinema. There is no hard-ass street lingo, or fancy slow-mo gunfights-- just great film-making.This movie brought a tear to my eye-- not very common, in an age of CGI and digital gimmickery.


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