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Requiem from Java (2006)

Opera Jawa (original title)
Setyo (Martinus Miroto) and Siti (Artika Sari Dewi) are young married couple with a classic domestic issue: communication. With their earthenware business comes close to going bankrupt, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martinus Miroto ...
Setio
Eko Supriyanto ...
Ludiro
Artika Sari Devi ...
Siti
Retno Maruti ...
Sukesi
Jecko Siompo Pui ...
Anom
I. Nyoman Sura ...
Sura
Slamet Gundono ...
Pewarte
Wenang Nggiku ...
Dukun Sumba
Mugiyono ...
Kusir Gerobak
Sutanti Sudarso ...
Ibu Tua
Wahono ...
Penembang Tua
Sukiatno ...
Tukang Daging Prapto
Dahlan ...
Srandul
Pawiro Wagimin ...
Srandul
Subagyo ...
Srandul
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Setyo (Martinus Miroto) and Siti (Artika Sari Dewi) are young married couple with a classic domestic issue: communication. With their earthenware business comes close to going bankrupt, Setyo's ever determined efforts to make ends meet often make Siti feels lonely. Their alienation to each other is worsened by the presence of Ludiro (Eko Supriyanto), a spoiled character from the local wealthy family who is used to having all his wishes granted. In the spirit of the (Javanese) Ramayana epic, the story tells about what it takes to win Siti's heart. Written by bojleng_utomo@yahoo.com

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Amazingly rich work of art
14 February 2009 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

First, I want to gently contradict one statement, often made of this film and repeated here. There ARE other movies like this. If you want to see a reasonable model of what Garin Nugroho has done, I would direct you to the work of Carlos Saura, especially "El Amor Brujo." But that being said, the stunning richness of this movie far eclipses Saura at his best. There are visuals both large and small, dances both grand and intimate, songs both poetic and profane, and story-telling elements both epic and contemporary. The frame shifts rapidly between modern and ancient, between emotional and refined, and on and on.

Now, permit me to ask a question of any Indonesian readers. Who was the intended audience for this film? I ask because I am far more familiar with Javanese culture than most Americans, but found the cultural references and symbolism far deeper than I could catch. It made me think that this was created for a strictly Indonesian and a predominantly artistic/intellectual audience. But with its extensive European connections, is that right? Did he create it for people like me, educated artsy types the world over?


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