Seperti Dendam Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas [Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash] (2021)

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Director: Edwin
Writer: Edwin, Eka Kurniawan
Based on: Eka Kurniawan‘s novel
Cast: Marthino Lio, Ladya Cheryl, Reza Rahadian, Ratu Felisha, Sal Priadi, Kevin Ardillova, Kiki Narendra, Djenar Maesa Ayu
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 25.10.2021

Content Note: rape, CSA

Plot:
Ajo Kawir (Marthino Lio) hasn’t yet met a fight he didn’t want to carry out. He takes any chance he gets to brawl, always in the hope that he will finally feel masculine enough. The problem is: he can’t get it up, and no amount of fighting will make up for that. He finally decides to go for the guy who controls the area, and encounters Iteung (Ladya Cheryl), his bodyguard. She hands his ass to him – and that’s the start of a beautiful romance. But romance may not be enough for them to settle into more peaceful lives.

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash deconstructs gender notions in a very interesting way, but it’s a little too uneven to keep the promise of its concept entirely. Still, I’d say it’s worth a look.

The film poster showing the main characters of the film as portraits above a truck.
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Kebun binatang [Postcards from the Zoo] (2012)

Kebun binatang
Director: Edwin
Writer: Edwin, Daud Sumolang, Titien Wattimena
Cast: Ladya Cheryl, Nicholas Saputra
Part of: Viennale

Plot:
When Lana (Ladya Cheryl) was a little child, her father left her at the zoo, where she was found by one of the employees and squatters. Now she’s grown into a young woman who practically has never left the zoo. That is, until she sees the Cowboy (Nicholas Saputra), a magician, and is enchanted by him. He brings her out of the zoo and into the world as his assistant and girlfriend. But will Lana be able to cope with the world?

Kebun binatang was a mixed bag of beans. I did like its fairy tale-y, magic realism approach, but when it tries to get a bit more realistic, the movie does fall flat.

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