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The Dreamer (2009)

Sang Pemimpi (original title)
This movie is an adaptation from a popular novel by the same title, and sequel to Laskar Pelangi. It portrays two village boys with a dream of traveling to Paris, to study at Sorbonne University.


Riri Riza


Salman Aristo, Andrea Hirata (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Lukman Sardi Lukman Sardi ... Adult Ikal
Vikri Septiawan Vikri Septiawan ... Teenage Ikal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rendy Ahmad Rendy Ahmad ... Arai - Teenage
Maudy Ayunda Maudy Ayunda ... Zakiah Nurmala
Azwir Fitrianto Azwir Fitrianto ... Young Jimbron
Mathias Muchus Mathias Muchus ... Seman Said Harun
Nugie Nugie ... Mr. Balia
Ariel Peterpan Ariel Peterpan ... Adult Arai
Rieke Dyah Pitaloka Rieke Dyah Pitaloka ... Ikal's Mother
Sandy Pranatha Sandy Pranatha ... Young Arai
Landung Simatupang Landung Simatupang ... Pak Mustar
Ahmad Syaifullah Ahmad Syaifullah
Yayu A.W. Unru Yayu A.W. Unru ... Rokib
Jay Widjajanto Jay Widjajanto ... Zaitun
Zulfanny Zulfanny ... Young Ikal


This movie is an adaptation from a popular novel by the same title, and sequel to Laskar Pelangi. It portrays two village boys with a dream of traveling to Paris, to study at Sorbonne University.

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17 December 2009 (Indonesia) See more »

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Dolby Digital


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The first Indonesian film to open Jakarta International Film Festival since the festival's inception in 1999. See more »


Arai - Teenage: If we don't have hopes and dreams, people like us will die, Ikal.
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Followed by Laskar Pelangi Sekuel 2: Edensor (2013) See more »

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The Power of Dream
12 May 2019 | by cerdassihombingSee all my reviews

The dreamer is a film adapted from the novel Sang Pemimpi, by Andrea Hirata, the second novel of the Laskar Pelangi tetralogy. The author tells about the life of his high school in Belitung through this film, after previously telling his childhood through the film Laskar Pelangi which successfully attracted the attention of many people and won many awards. First released on December 17, 2009, the Dreamer was able to make the audience immersed in the sweetness of love, hope, dreams, and the bitterness of life. The Dreamer describes the combination of dreams and the pain of struggling to achieve those dreams. A chant of a story that is very laden with meaning, able to bring the audience to explore other angles to see life entangled in poverty and dreams depressed by economic conditions amidst true friendship between Ikal, Arai, and Jimbron. That three figures are the center of attention, because the film tells about their story. Ikal, a quiet and hard-working figure, a picture of a true friend for his two friends. Arai, a distant brother of Ikal, Arai was appointed as part of the Ikal family because Arai was a simpai keramat , a term for Belitong Malays whose father and mother had died. Jimbron, a friend of Arai and Ikal, an adopted child of Rev. Geovani, is very obsessed with horses. Submission of back and forth storylines make the audience wondering and increasing the enthusiasm of the audience while watching round after round in this film. Cinematography that is very eye-catching with effects in the 90s, left a deep impression of a difficult life at that time. The story is enlivened with backsound which is very supportive, such as Tetap Berdiri, Cinta Gila, Apatis and several other songs available in this film. But the most memorable of the backsound is the violin instrument that played when every sad scene, increasingly burning a sense of sadness that could not be described. Furthermore, with a typical Malay accent that is used by the figures while speaking but still understandable, making the film The Pemimpi is a great and amazing film. The Dreamer is highly recommended to be watched by students or people who are struggling to reach their dreams. By watching this film, the spirit will surely be burned again, as great as Arai and Ikal struggling through all the challenges to make their dreams become a reality. That every dream will be able to bring us everywhere and be able to tie unbroken friendships with everyone.

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