Aug 22, 2018

Opera Jawa (Garin Nugroho, 2006)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼

Unless you are well-versed in Indonesian culture and/or the Javanese version of Ramayana which the film is loosely based on, there is a great chance you will be disoriented if not completely lost in Opera Jawa, but on the other hand, you will find a lot to enjoy in the exotic, weirdish blend of doomed romance, folkloristic musical and socio-political drama (sprinkled with unexpected humor), such as the beautifully composed visuals of predominantly warm colors, surrealistic sets involving hand-painted mannequins and meters of red silk, as well as the hypnotic dance numbers laced with arcane symbolism.

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