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A Copy of My Mind (2015)

A female cheap salon worker and a pirated DVDs subtitle maker fall in love during the turbulent presidential election in Indonesia.


Joko Anwar


Joko Anwar
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Cast overview:
Tara Basro ... Sari
Chicco Jerikho ... Alek
Maera Panigoro Maera Panigoro ... Mrs. Mirna
Paul Agusta Paul Agusta ... Bandi
Ario Bayu ... Hitman


A young woman who works at a cheap beauty salon in Jakarta meets a man who makes a living by doing subtitles for pirated DVDs. They quickly fall in love. But their romance is threatened to meet a tragic end as the political situation in the country is heating up during the presidential election. And the ones who suffer are usually common people.

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Release Date:

3 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zapis moich zmyslow See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Much of the film was shot in guerrilla style. See more »


References Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) See more »

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:Gritty Love Within Political Sphere
23 November 2015 | by witra_asSee all my reviews

Twelve years after his first ever work as scriptwriter for Arisan! (2003), ex-journalist turned filmmaker Joko Anwar is ready to get going with his own production house named Lo-Fi Flicks. Its' first ever feature collaboration with CJ Entertainment, A Copy Of My Mind has gained attentions after being screened several times at 2015 Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival.

Sari, a beauty-salon worker often close her day with pirate-DVD in her own dorm room. Alek, a pirate-DVD enthusiast always work day and night to translate subtitles. Coincidentally they meet in one occurrence and slowly build undeniable feelings. Unfortunately 'one chance' comes in the way during the chaos of political equality that will change their future relationship.

Piracy is the biggest threat for creativity especially in movie industry every country has to face. Anwar had brilliantly used two personal point of views here, producer and consumer who fall for each other. I love how those pirate-DVD getting distributed to underground retails in first half. The latter half marks the socio-politics turmoil where the elites always gain the upper hands in almost every situations.

Anwar uses indie approach to gritty stages of Jakarta such as packed dorm, traffic jam, small alleys, dark corners with available lighting. DOP Tanjung has sights on some understated set pieces. Slow pace might disrupt your attention but still consistent enough to give much time needed for you to learn about these unfortunate characters and their own problems until reach its culminating point.

Jerikho reassures his physical appearances as hustling rogue but resolved and kind-hearted guy. Basro always seems in high confidences apart from limitations, to bring her own justifications all the time. Their gritty chemistry from lust to love is visible with every compromise acts. Panigoro steals the show through limited screen times. While Agusta shows his mean sides deliberately.

A Copy Of My Mind is Anwar's affinity for movies, a contemporary romance drama with interesting character studies and strong conflict relevances. When it comes to a sense of thriller towards the end, Anwar chooses to stay on precise narrative to wrap things up. Final impression will stay longer than you can imagine, even long after you walk away from cinemas. Your mind will be blown by a pair of helpless lovers in seeking of their own entertainment and testament.

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