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The Forbidden Door (2009)

Pintu Terlarang (original title)
The life of a successful sculptor is turned upside down when he begins receiving mysterious messages from someone who asks for his help.


Joko Anwar


Joko Anwar (screenplay), Sekar Ayu Asmara (novel)
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Fachry Albar Fachry Albar ... Gambir
Marsha Timothy Marsha Timothy ... Talyda
Ario Bayu ... Dandung
Tio Pakusadewo ... Koh Jimmy (as Tio Pakusodewo)
Verdi Solaiman ... John Wongso
Henidar Amroe Henidar Amroe ... Menik Sasongko
Putri Sukardi Putri Sukardi ... Ibu
Ade Firza Paloh Ade Firza Paloh ... Bapak
Atiqah Hasiholan Atiqah Hasiholan ... Claudia
Rio Dewanto Rio Dewanto ... Man at Church
Otto Djauhari Otto Djauhari ... Rio
Arswendi Nasution Arswendi Nasution ... Abortion Clinic Guy
James Awuy James Awuy ... Mysterious little boy
Jesse Awuy Jesse Awuy ... Mysterious little boy
Kartika Jahja Kartika Jahja ... Ibu Mona


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

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

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The opening credits shown in graphic cartoonish way. Some draws are reveals the spoiler to subplot of the film. See more »


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Written by Zeke Khaseli, Anda Perdana and Emil Hussein
Performed by Mantra
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Brilliant...the Best Indonesian Thriller Movie
6 February 2009 | by wito1006See all my reviews

Pintu Terlarang (aka the Forbidden Door) is a brilliant film, plain and simple. Joko Anwar, the director, did a fabulous job constructing the imagery of the psychological thriller with magnificent scoring, impressive casts and smart plot line. Though the film, itself came from the best-selling novel by Sekar Ayu, I found that it only took major plot from the novel. To be honest, I did not know about the ending until it was revealed. Quite a shock! Both Fachri Albar and Marsha Timothy gives one of the best performances of their career, the powerful performances with complex emotions. Some scene are quite disturbing but it helps the film to build intense in beautiful cinematography, the Joko Anwar's style. You may go and see this film again to realize why the end is such a surprise, or so many twists that you want to get them clearly…or you could rush out to watch it again purely because it's an almost perfect example of it's genre, as I did it three times. Brilliant.

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Release Date:

22 January 2009 (Indonesia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Jakarta, Indonesia


Box Office


IDR2,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

LifeLike Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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