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Caught between the traditions of his upbringing in rural Indonesia and his idealization of Western freedom, a teenager struggles with the expectations of imminent manhood.


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Credited cast:
Chicco Kurniawan Chicco Kurniawan ... Aris
Karlina Inawati Karlina Inawati ... Ros
Jacob McCarthy ... Peter J. Roberts
Otig Pakis Otig Pakis ... Fausi
Gladhys Elliona Syahutari Gladhys Elliona Syahutari ... Gita
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
H. Jaelani H. Jaelani ... The Officiator
Acum Bin Kosim Acum Bin Kosim ... Barber


In a time of great expectation and pressure stemming from the traditions of his upbringing, Aris-a gay Muslim teenager living in rural Indonesia-finds himself increasingly drawn to his well-traveled English teacher despite his upcoming marital preparations to a woman he harbors no romantic feelings for. With his whole life planned out for him by his overprotective mother, Aris struggles with the conflicting notions of tradition, duty and his own personal idea of happiness. Written by Center for Asian American Media

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Release Date:

15 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogor, Indonesia

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A beautiful revelation
9 October 2018 | by Enrique-Sanchez-56See all my reviews

This movie was a gentle surprise and a beautiful revelation - although filled with pain and inner turmoil - it portrayed the reality of being different in a static society that is filled with traditions that stifle ones own inner sensibilities and freedom. The main actor/protagonist managed to infuse his deep angst and pain with a gentle effort that tore into my heart.

The final realization of his destiny reflects the fate of so many who have struggled with this difference needlessly. The movie has no ending - but it begs for more. Such is the case, and we will have to live with the fact that any more narrative would spoil the utter perfection of this film.

The direction was flawless and the cinematography was splendid.

Recommended without reservations.

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