5 October 2002 | savetheempire
I just watched this film last week as part of the Indonesian Film
Festival in Melbourne - I'm studying Bahasa Indonesia at school
and am doing a project on kebudayaan remaja - youth culture.
Kids, this is a great movie. It's better than any teen flick churned
out by Hollywood in recent memory (it is, I would say, in the 10
Things I Hate About You league). It's not great for a 'foreign' movie
or whatever - it's great in it's own right.
It combines the age-old appeal of teenage romance with enviable
friendship, humour and the poignant sadness of Alya's situation.
Cinta is the kind of character girls aspire to - pretty, smart, gutsy as
all hell - and Rangga is, well, let's face it, he's hot as all get out.
There's some serious messages in this film, about friendship,
about honesty, about violence and trust, but luckily it steers from
being preachy. Maybe it's because the Indo film industry is less
jaded than that of Hollywood, but this movie gets right what so
many Hollywood teen flicks have gotten wrong.
Watch this movie. Fall in love with it. Trust me.