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Requiem from Java (2006)
"Opera Jawa" (original title)

 |  Musical  |  16 January 2008 (USA)
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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, ... 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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Poorly written and performed opera
27 August 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Apart from being full of colors and sweet melody, the cinematic opera falls short of achieving that true great flavour that one has come to savour out of the classic Javanese Dance dramas and Ramayana in particular. The dance style is Javanese, the singing and music too is Javanese, but at heart its a poor copy of western operatic genre. The body too is lacking and ultimately it seems to empty and devalue the otherwise fantastically rich Javanese tradition of its soul. I think in the long run, it comes down to the script which as it turns out is badly written and is in need of improvement. You cannot pull the opera simply by saying that it is a tribute to those who died at the hands of injustice. The script has to carry the intent otherwise in-spite of its colour, song and music it will fail. Embellishments don't take you far when it comes to poetic drama if the raga happens to be not in sync with the rasa.

Sorry for such a harsh review. Maybe I was expecting too much out of it.


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