Position Among the Stars


Position Among the Stars (2011)


Critic Consensus: Position Among the Stars is an engrossing chronicle of one family's experiences -- and an insightful look at life in modern Indonesia.


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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


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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

Rentel Helmrich has intimately captured a family in transition as they adjust to bewildering gaps in education, outlook, religion and even class among three generations jammed into cramped quarters.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

There's enough emotion and intrigue to make frequent "7 Up"-esque successors, following the subjects' various exploits and lensing the ever-developing Indonesian society.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Position Among the Stars" reps an affectionate send-off for the series' subjects, the Sjamsuddin family, a working-class clan living in Indonesia.

Feb 23, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 16, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Feb 14, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 14, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

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