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 eventually nascent democracy, corruption and a widening income gap (Position Among the Stars). -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Position Among the Stars
A singularly intimate and honest experience, as powerful bonds are formed between 'us', the viewer, and 'them', the subjects.
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.
Leonard Retel Helmrich's third documentary about the same Indonesian family is a dazzler in at least a couple ways.
(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.
It's a vivid picture of desperate people struggling to survive in a corrupt world, though formally rather too contrived for my taste.
Tari is headed for college; Sriywati is headed nowhere. By the time the credits roll, you ache for them both.
The culture of corruption infects everything and there is a sense of a country in transition captured in this engaging production.
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.
The witty final part of an acclaimed documentary trilogy following a working-class family in Jakarta.
Some of the images in the Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich's documentary are so beautifully implausible they can only be real.
A Koyaanisqatsi-like perspective on progress and pessimism, on a domestic, global and cosmic scale.
Beautifully shot and skilfully edited, this is an emotionally engaging slice-of-life documentary with likeable subjects and a subtle political edge.
Glossy rather than gripping, it's nonetheless an interesting insight into one of the planet's most bustling corners.
The invisiblecamera approach begs questions yet, for the most part, the effects are extraordinary.
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