Opera Jawa (2006)
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Critic Reviews for Opera Jawa
Blood and beauty are set in tandem, leaving the audience to wrestle with the contradictions that [director] Nugroho highlights in a film that stands out by any standard of cinema.
A colorful and confounding head trip, Opera Jawa is guaranteed to test the fortitude of all but the most adventurous viewer.
A radiant folk fantasia, at once sophisticated and elemental, freewheeling and composed.
A beautifully mounted musical epic combining traditional myths with contempo meditations on violence and social inequality, Opera Jawa is bold and innovative.
Audience Reviews for Opera Jawa
Very beautiful! Cultural and artistic! It's indeed slow but it just shows the culture of Javanese that is slow. What I like about this movie is that even though it is very artistic and focus more on visual then story, but the story is also going on very clearly. One may be confused with all the metaphors going on, but one would understand at some point what is going on (confusing huh?). Anyway, I don't really like the part that is combining the Hindu tradition and Javanese tradition. It is probably just because it is based on an Indian story, but however, Javanese are mostly Muslims. The whole Hindu thing made it look more like Balinese... Artika Sari Devi is a really good choice as Siti, she has this very Javanese exotic sweet face that I've always admired since she became Puteri Indonesia. Eko Supriyanto did the best job in the whole movie. I think he's a brilliant dancer and he really got into his role. I didn't give full 5 stars just because it is a little bit boring for me since it's very slow. I guess it's boring for most people, but it gets intense in the end. Overall, this movie is great and recommended especially for artists.
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