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Madame X (2010)

When A Capital in the middle of nowhere is threatened by the emergence of KANJENG Storm And The militant political party and homophobia, Safety of Country Singer depending on ADAM, A Hairdresser.

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Lucky Kuswandi

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Agasyah Karim (screenplay), Khalid Kashogi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Joko Anwar ... Aline
Titi Dwijayati Titi Dwijayati ... Bunda Ratu
Ikhsan Himawan Ikhsan Himawan ... Tarjo
Ria Irawan Ria Irawan ... Tante Yantje
Saira Jihan Saira Jihan ... Ratih
Vincent Ryan Rompies Vincent Ryan Rompies ... Din
Sarah Sechan Sarah Sechan ... Bunda Lilis
Shanty Shanty ... Kinky Amalia
Marcell Siahaan Marcell Siahaan ... Kanjeng Badai
Aming Sugandhi Aming Sugandhi ... Madame X
Fitri Tropica Fitri Tropica ... Cun Cun
Robby Tumewu Robby Tumewu ... Oom Rudi
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When A Capital in the middle of nowhere is threatened by the emergence of KANJENG Storm And The militant political party and homophobia, Safety of Country Singer depending on ADAM, A Hairdresser.

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Action | Comedy

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Country:

Indonesia

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Indonesian | English | Dutch

Release Date:

7 October 2010 (Indonesia) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Too often violent and disjointed
3 June 2012 | by TruthSpeaksSee all my reviews

This movie promoted as a campy, candy-colored romp. While parts of it are that, they are interspersed with lots of violence, including slashing a child with a sword. Much of the violence is directed towards the transsexuals although some of it comes from them in the way of vengeance. Part of that is sexual violence, or the threat of sexual violence, from the protagonist towards her enemy. One minute there's singing drag queens, the next, things are really heavy.

The plot is about drag queens/transsexuals in Indonesia and the harsh repression they face. In the surreal fantasy world of this movie, a superhero emerges who will take vengeance on their behalf through supernatural means. There is also a subplot about human trafficking. Apparently the same kind of repressive, right wing idiots we are having trouble with in the US have dopplegangers in other places.

The protagonist just doesn't look anything like a woman. He/she is just not prepossessing and seems sort of vacant and disjointed much of the time. It was a little hard to picture her as a superhero. One of her skills is supposed to be magical dancing. That's hard to take because she isn't a good dancer.

The plot gyroscopes all over the place. Even within the fantasy world of this movie, many times you feel like they fell through the rabbit hole into a weird sub-plot that seemed to go on too long. They could cut this movie down considerably.

The visuals ARE often often stunning. The sets and costumes were often striking. The Indonesian dance troupe is great. Some money was spent on this movie.

I'm a heterosexual female. I do see movies at the gay film festival where I live, as do a lot of film buffs. As for how other types of people might like this movie, it was shown at the film festival in the middle of the day on Sunday. The theater was about half full. About a third of the audience was laughing a lot. About a third or half where clapping at the end of the movie. There were some transsexuals there and they really seemed to like this movie a lot. So some people liked this movie a lot more than I did, but beware of false advertising: this isn't a "candy-colored romp" for most people. Not suitable for minors, and not because it's about gays/transsexuals.


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