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  • Ugetsu

    Ugetsu

    ★★★★½

    14th JAFF : Layar Klasik (Classic Screening)

    I’ll review it soon enough at Maratusan but for now let me just channel my Sean Baker and only log this film with...

    Screened in 16mm print at LPP, Yogyakarta.
    Shot in 35mm DCP print with spherical lens.

  • Liway

    Liway

    ★★★½

    14th JAFF : Asian Perspective
    It’s easy to write off Liway as another prison/concentration camp melodrama — pandering and manipulating its audience’s tears with scene after scene of touching emotional moments. A filipino take on Life is Beautiful if you may. Yet, with a personal anchor that the film carries with pride and care, the film successfully earned each and every emotional beat it throws out. By the last scene of the film, you learned to let yourself go where…

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  • What's Up with Love?

    What's Up with Love?

    ★★★★

    “Ada Apa Dengan Cinta?” is a staple of Indonesian romance. It is forever engrained in the culture of this country, so much so that if you shout “Rangga!” in public someone would probably respond with “Cinta!?”

    And after watching it for the first time, I really can see why. AADC is a truly iconic, almost shakesperean romance story of youthful passion. It is genuinely gripping, endearing, and emotionally heavy, with memorable performances and dramatic yet somehow believable dialogue. Yet even…

  • Memories of My Body

    Memories of My Body

    ★★★½

    Rasanya terjemahan judul ini dalam inggris, Memories of My Body terasa mendeskripsikan film ini dengan lebih sempurna. Tidak seperti kedengarannya, Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku tidak menghabiskan seluruh screentime-nya dengan adegan sensual yang menantang norma sosial Indonesia. Walau memang tidak satu pun hubungan antar karakter terasa normal — setidaknya bagi para penduduk kota yang diberi kesempatan menonton film festival ini — secara keseluruhan film ini lebih tertarik dari makna sensualitas itu sendiri.

    Garin membawa kita dalam diskusi tersebut melewati sudut pandang raga…