‘Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak?’

Good to see an Indonesian film win plaudits at Cannes.

It’s not the first time we’ve been able to report that local talent achieved distinction. Prenjak in Cannes! Congratulations, Wrega from Jogja! 

Although it would be unfair to say there are no visually pleasing experiences available…


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 … – as above! – I tend not to dwell on the Cannes Film Festival.

It comes across as largely an exercise in narcissism, seedy self-regard, a bunch of ‘intellectuals,’ whatever that means, telling each other how clever they are!



It’s all the more off-putting when, without actually saying so, they let us know how much better they are at appreciating movies than we normal folks.

Fact is, without us normals, there would be no film industry  ( it’s us commoners who pay to go to the movies, after all) except insofar as the cinematic in-crowd can rely on their cronies in the political in-crowd to rip tax-payers off…

…by splurging millions from the public purse in subsidies to help ding-bats produce movies most people wouldn’t cross the road to watch.


When was the last time that really enjoyable films, like the good old Die Hard series, walked away with the Cannes trophies?

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As for film critics, they should all be told to take a hike and find useful work as public toilet attendants or street-cleaners.

Their opinions are worthless, neither more nor less a useful guide to what to watch than yours, dear reader, or mine.

That leftist witch Lisa Nesselson, for example, infamously uses her well-paid position on France 24 to make snide, politically partisan attacks on anyone who offends her pinko prejudices.


As remarked at the top of our page, an Indonesian film has had complimentary reviews over there on The Riviera.


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 Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak


It’s said to be about a widow in an isolated part of the archipelago who suddenly finds her lonesome existence disturbed by preman2, nasty criminals, and how she handles this unpleasant intrusion.


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Marsha Timothy


The beautiful Marsha Timothy plays Marlina, but I suspect she will be vastly deglamorised in the bucolic role assigned to her.

Nevertheless, I will have a look for it in my usual discount DVD haunts.

Indonesia does produce some good films – and would probably do a lot better were it not for the outlandish state censorship regime, which even outlawed ‘Noah,’ for pity’s sakes…

Noah’ Banned – Who’s Next? State Censors or Sectarian Enforcers? 

… oh, and let’s not forget the ignorant IslamoNazi thugs who make life hard for good movie makers.

‘Cinta Tapi Beda!’ – First Blood to IslamoNazis! 



Soekarno’ Film – IslamoNazis Threaten Cinema Raids! 

Meantime, as I haven’t seen the latest local success, here’s a link for Indonesian readers to save me the trouble of describing it.   https://seleb.tempo.co/read/news/2017/05/13/111874970/film-marlina-diputar-perdana-di-festival-film-cannes-2017