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Banyu Biru (2005)

Banyu Biru is a road movie on how to rediscover love. Banyu (Tora Sudiro), a young supermarket customer service rep, is absorbed in his daily routine when a strange incident inspires him to... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tora Sudiro Tora Sudiro ... Banyu
Dian Sastrowardoyo Dian Sastrowardoyo ... Sula
Slamet Rahardjo Slamet Rahardjo ... Yuskar
Didi Petet Didi Petet ... Wahyu
Ladya Cheryl Ladya Cheryl ... Mysterious fortunetelling girl (as Ladya Cheryll)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karin Abdullah Karin Abdullah ... Biru
Irshadi Bagasputro Irshadi Bagasputro ... Banyu (kecil)
Indra Birowo Indra Birowo
Berliana Febryanti Berliana Febryanti ... Mirya
Butet Kertaradjasa Butet Kertaradjasa ... Drs. Kelana
Oscar Lawalatta Oscar Lawalatta ... Arif
Rima Melati ... Supermarket customer
Kukuh Adi Rizky Kukuh Adi Rizky ... Banyu (remaja)
Yadi Timo Yadi Timo ... Truck Driver
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Banyu Biru is a road movie on how to rediscover love. Banyu (Tora Sudiro), a young supermarket customer service rep, is absorbed in his daily routine when a strange incident inspires him to hit the road and solve past family issues. He is haunted by a childhood tragedy, the death of his little sister, Biru, and his father's lack of care for the family. Banyu encounters a myriad of colorful characters who ultimately lead him to find the answer that he is looking for. Written by Nick Grace

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Benarkah apa yang kita ingat sama dengan apa yang terjadi? (Is it true that we we remember is the same as what happened?)

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Indonesia

Language:

Indonesian

Release Date:

10 March 2005 (Indonesia) See more »

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IDR 5,000,000,000 (estimated)
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The film is notable for the lack of any identifiable landmarks, which caused a stir during its premier by local journalists who were not used to surreal movies. See more »

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Witty and Surreal "Road Trip" Film
16 September 2005 | by nick-735See all my reviews

Banyu (Tora Sudiro), lonely and bored to death with his customer service job, decides to return to his village after a 10-year absence. He's spent years bottling up the pain of losing his sister and mother, and holds anger against his father (Slamet Rahardjo). Along the way he crosses path with eccentric folks who bring him closer to understanding how to love and be loved.

The clever little film explodes with color and scenery from around remote areas of West Java and is quite a change of pace and style from the usual horror and teen flick genre that commands the Indonesian movie industry. It was quickly panned by the Indonesian press for trying too hard to be surreal while at the same time delivering a vague message. Nevertheless, Sudiro, a relative newcomer to acting, handles the pressure of holding up the movie and is actually quite effective performing alongside the veteran Rahardjo.

Slank, a local Indonesian rock band, has recorded effective theme music based on a classic and sentimental song by Ismail Marzuki. All in all, this film - if it is ever exported and sold outside of Indonesia - will charm anyone who likes independent films whether they are non-Western or not. Two thumbs up and a big thank you to Teddy Soeriaatmadja for making Banyu Biru ("Blue Water").


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