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Opera Jawa (2006)



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In this innovative and long-in-development cross-cultural musical from director Garin Nugroho, a contented pair of former Ramayana dancers who have since forsaken their art in favor of selling earthenware finds their real-life relationship falling toward the same dark fate as their fictional counterparts. A married couple who live a simple life in a remote village, Siti (Artika Sari Devi) and Setio (Martinus Miroto) once made a living by reenacting the mythical tale of Sita and Prince Rama. As the story goes, Sita and Rama lived a life of marital bliss until the nefarious King Ravana kidnapped Sita and spirited her away to the land of Lanka in hopes of realizing his darkest fantasies. Now, as if the tragic tale has purposefully sought to curse those who would attempt to dramatize it, Siti and Setio find their own relationship plagued by the arrival the powerful and domineering Ludiro (Eko Supriyanto), a ruthless tyrant who will stop at nothing to claim Siti as his own.
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Critic Reviews for Opera Jawa

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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A colorful and confounding head trip, Opera Jawa is guaranteed to test the fortitude of all but the most adventurous viewer.

January 16, 2008
New York Times
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A radiant folk fantasia, at once sophisticated and elemental, freewheeling and composed.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Village Voice
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A beautifully mounted musical epic combining traditional myths with contempo meditations on violence and social inequality, Opera Jawa is bold and innovative.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
Top Critic

A refreshing treat.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As beautiful as it is confounding.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009

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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