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Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)

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Marlina lives quietly in Sumba until one day a man named Markus and his gang try to rob her house and she kills him. Eventually, she is haunted by Markus, and her life turns in 180 degrees.

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Mouly Surya
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Cast

Credited cast:
Egy Fedly Egy Fedly ... Markus
Dea Panendra Dea Panendra ... Novi
Yoga Pratama Yoga Pratama ... Franz
Haydar Salishz Haydar Salishz ... Niko (as Haydar Saliz)
Marsha Timothy Marsha Timothy ... Marlina
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Marlina lives quietly in Sumba until one day a man named Markus and his gang try to rob her house and she kills him. Eventually, she is haunted by Markus, and her life turns in 180 degrees.

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Drama | Thriller

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Language:

Indonesian

Release Date:

16 November 2017 (Indonesia) See more »

Also Known As:

Marlina - Die Mörderin in vier Akten See more »

Filming Locations:

Sumba Island, Indonesia

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Gross USA:

$16,607, 19 August 2018
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Cinesurya Pictures See more »
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Color
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The story came from Garin Nugroho who told it to director Mouly Surya when they both were watching a screener for a movie they were supposed to judge. See more »

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She's every bit as tough as Eastwood in his spaghetti mode.
20 July 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

When the Western genre comes out of Indonesia, attention to its similarities becomes a critic's part-time job. Critic Maggie Lee calls Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts a "Satay Western" the way other critics would call a Clint Eastwood western an "oater."

But Leone and Morricone are there with lens and music, landscapes hot and desolate and music just as forlorn. Marlina (Marsha Timothy) alone out there, widowed, and visited by bad guys who want not her money and livestock but also her body.

From that harrowing episode comes a vengeance story different from the usual Western tropes in so many ways. Mostly it is a Western with a female as lead and as tough with a machete as Eastwood with a gun, and just as vengeful.

Marlina together with another feisty female, Novi (Dea Panendra), who is pregnant, places the patriarchal men in vulnerable territory. In fact the customs of Indonesia, Malaysia, and elsewhere are so vigorously male-centered as to make any cultural Westerner cringe. However, that seems to be director Mouly Surya's goal.

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts will remind you of Tarantino's Kill Bill but without some of his patented irony. In both cases, a violent feminism seems just right given the offenses women have suffered over the centuries.

As in the great spaghetti Westerns, the theme music is haunting and the landscape forbidding. But most of all, the characters are strong and righteous, just the way #MeToo should like it.


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