Tuesday, December 12, 2006

JIFFest: Mendadak Dangdut (2006)

This would marked as the first Indonesian film ever since Soerabaja '45 that i watch it on silver screen. And not because it's free. But because i thought that by standing inline for the free-ticket for this film would be much rewarding as opposed to oh, say, standing inline for Heart? Ekskul? or those Indonesian horrors? Well, go figure.

Now, was it worth it? Read on. The film begins with a huge (probably just because i'm seeing it at the theater) close-up shot of Titi Kamal singing some pop-tune. Man, she's ugly. Anyway, just like binary, during the film's course, there would be only two state of Titi Kamal's character. One, when she's mad, which is good, and two, when she's crying, which is not so convincing. Rather hastily, the film went into this to that in matter of seconds, apparently, Rudi Sujarwo wanted to made sure that the audience would know that Titi Kamal's character is an ass, and Kinaryosih's character is an angel in as fewest scene as possible.

Aside from that, the film's main problem was in its technicalities. On one chasing scene, the camera was sooooo wobbly that i could stand to watch it for long lest i've got a headache. The sound was sometimes uneven, sometimes too loud, and sometimes too crowded.

But, however lacked, i found myself enjoying this film. Probably because i'm in drought of Indonesian film that even a decent one could satisfy me.

Mendadak Dangdut, 2006
Directed by: Rudy Sudjarwo
Running Time: 90 mins.
My Rating: ** / **** (Decent enough)

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