The life of a successful sculptor named is turned upside down when he began receiving mysterious messages from someone who asked for his help.

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Fachry Albar ...
Gambir
Marsha Timothy ...
Talyda
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Dandung
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Koh Jimmy (as Tio Pakusodewo)
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John Wongso
Henidar Amroe ...
Menik Sasongko
Putri Sukardi ...
Ibu
Ade Firza Paloh ...
Bapak
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Claudia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Awuy
Jesse Awuy
Rio Dewanto
Otto Djauhari ...
Rio
Reza Dwiputranto
Vivian Idris
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The life of a successful sculptor named is turned upside down when he began receiving mysterious messages from someone who asked for his help.

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Won Special Jury Prize, 11th Jakarta International Film Festival, 2009. See more »

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This movie is a beautiful gem!
5 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joko Anwar. That's the name of the director who made such an impact on me that I will never forget his name.

When I came across this movie, I was very bored and though the title "The forbidden Door" was pretty cliché for a horror/ thriller movie, I decided to take a quick look at it and discard the viewing within the 10 first minutes if it failed to catch and maintain my attention.

I am sure glad I stumble across this movie. I was in for a nice surprise to the point that when I finished watching it, I played it and viewed it again to appreciate all the details.

So here we go: you have this guy, Gambir, who is a well-known sculptor, specializing in making as large as life sculptures of pregnant women in different positions. He has a beautiful wife, two best friends, a mother and a Manager.

Gambir, played by a fascinating and excellent actor named Fachry Albar, received messages by phone, by writing in his yard grass, by hand written notes, by writing in the street, by TV …from a young boy. They all say "Help Me".

Gambir will evolve from a shy, submissive man to a fanatic, action man.

That's it! I don't want to tell you more. You have to watch the whole movie because it's so good! In fact it's one of the best movies I have seen in a long time.

The Christmas dinner scene, at the end, is gruesome but well worth it. Fachry Albar gives an Oscar performance.

This is not horror for the pleasure of it and just to captivate the blood thirsty audience but it's a horror movie full of feelings, questions, and just beautifully made. The horror is everywhere to be found: in ideas, in thoughts, psychologically, physically, in the eyes, in the touch…Each scene leaves you wondering and pondering.

Watch the credits entirely, because the last scene is after the credits: a less than 30 seconds scene that wraps up the whole movie like a ribbon that you want to undo to open and watch this movie all over, again.


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