Leonard Retel Helmrich's third documentary about the same Indonesian family is a dazzler in at least a couple ways.
Never less than fascinating.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
(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.
Some of the images in the Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich's documentary are so beautifully implausible they can only be real.
| Original Score: 3/5
A Koyaanisqatsi-like perspective on progress and pessimism, on a domestic, global and cosmic scale.
A singularly intimate and honest experience, as powerful bonds are formed between 'us', the viewer, and 'them', the subjects.
The culture of corruption infects everything and there is a sense of a country in transition captured in this engaging production.
The witty final part of an acclaimed documentary trilogy following a working-class family in Jakarta.
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.
Beautifully shot and skilfully edited, this is an emotionally engaging slice-of-life documentary with likeable subjects and a subtle political edge.
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 invisiblecamera approach begs questions yet, for the most part, the effects are extraordinary.
Glossy rather than gripping, it's nonetheless an interesting insight into one of the planet's most bustling corners.
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.