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Position Among the Stars (2011)


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One family, three generations, facing globalisation in Indonesia. Twelve years ago, Dutch filmmaker Retel Helmrich decided to visit Indonesia, the birthplace of his Dutch father and Indonesian mother, looking for inspiration. The trip ignited his fascination with the country and he started filming the Shamshudin family living in a Jakarta slum. He followed them as the country shook off the rule of president Suharto (The Eye of the Day), experienced a rise of Islamic power (Shape of the Moon) and

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A singularly intimate and honest experience, as powerful bonds are formed between 'us', the viewer, and 'them', the subjects.

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Engrossing, poetic and often very funny, "Position," like its predecessors, uses the lens of a single family to view the tumult of an entire country.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Leonard Retel Helmrich's third documentary about the same Indonesian family is a dazzler in at least a couple ways.

September 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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(Critic's Pick) This patient but wildly expressionistic mosaic uses a canvas so vast that not just the subjects but fighting fish, cockroaches and the mangiest rat yet committed to cinema complete a bizarre ecosystem of co-dependence.

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It's a vivid picture of desperate people struggling to survive in a corrupt world, though formally rather too contrived for my taste.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Tari is headed for college; Sriywati is headed nowhere. By the time the credits roll, you ache for them both.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Never less than fascinating.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

The culture of corruption infects everything and there is a sense of a country in transition captured in this engaging production.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It is like an episode of Shameless, or a page-turning realist novel about a family packed with comic characters, the sort of thing that Timothy Mo might write.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

The witty final part of an acclaimed documentary trilogy following a working-class family in Jakarta.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Some of the images in the Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich's documentary are so beautifully implausible they can only be real.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A Koyaanisqatsi-like perspective on progress and pessimism, on a domestic, global and cosmic scale.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Beautifully shot and skilfully edited, this is an emotionally engaging slice-of-life documentary with likeable subjects and a subtle political edge.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Glossy rather than gripping, it's nonetheless an interesting insight into one of the planet's most bustling corners.

February 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The invisiblecamera approach begs questions yet, for the most part, the effects are extraordinary.

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Leonard Retel Helmrich's final instalment of his sociological trilogy...confirms that the Dutch-born auteur is one of the great talents in the world of factual filmmaking.

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