2013 Oscar Foreign Language Films: ‘Sang Penari (The Dancer)’

sangpenari2011 Festival Film Indonesia – Winners Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress.

This was supposed to happen in 1950’s-1970’s Indonesia, in a tiny dirt poor village called Dukuh Paruk, but the costume and art department are apparently not quite successful to create that ambient. Mostly they all look like, well, actors in movie sets. Only the use of local dialect, although at the same time adding some unnecessary comedic taste, is fairly authentic.
Few plot changes do make the story much simplified, sanitized, politically correct, and in an extent less dramatic, as with this kind of script setup the star-crossed lovers Srintil and Rasus are never really shown to be separated from each other far enough, and long enough, prior to 1965. But otherwise, it’s a decent adaptation.

My Rating: 6/10

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2013 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Amour – Austria
Cannibal Vegetarian – Croatia
A Royal Affair – Denmark
Intouchables – France
Barbara – Germany
Life Without Principle – Hong Kong
Caesar Must Die – Italy
Bunohan – Malaysia
Kauwboy – Netherlands
A Trip – Slovenia
Pieta – South Korea
Sister – Switzerland
Firecrosser – Ukraine

Also my reviews on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Films here.


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