The Jakarta Post
Dian Sastrowardoyo as Aruna in 'Aruna and Her Palate'. (twitter.com/PalariFilms/File)
Following its release on Sept. 27, Aruna dan Lidahnya (Aruna and Her Palate), the film adaptation of Laksmi Pamuntjak’s novel, has received praise from prominent Indonesian figures and celebrities.
For Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the film had a deep story despite showing situations common in daily life.
“I really liked the acting of Dian Sastrowardoyo [Aruna], Nicholas Saputra [Bono], Hannah Al Rashid [Nad] and Oka Antara [Farish],” Sri Mulyani said in a press release. “I hope more people watch it. This film is about us – our culture, feelings, way of socializing and our culinary wealth that we still don’t know about.”
Triawan Munaf, head of the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), stated that the film was an effective way to promote Indonesian cinema and cuisine. “Aruna and Her Palate does it really well,” Triawan said.
Meanwhile, Indonesian actor Reza Rahadian said he really liked the film and was “happy when watching it”.
“It’s not melodramatic and the story of the four characters is narrated smoothly,” Reza said. “I hope people watch this film because the interesting part isn’t only about the cuisine but also the storyline. I’m sure many people can relate to the film.”
Actor Iqbaal Ramadhan said the film was wonderful. Iqbaal who plays Dilan in Dilan 1990 ( 2018 ) also praised the chemistry between each of the characters.
“The film is presented as light as possible. It makes people want to watch it twice or even thrice,” Iqbaal said. “The audiences can bring happiness and lessons home after watching the film. It’s a complete package.”
Aruna and Her Palate follows the story of Aruna, an epidemiologist, who is on a road-trip with her friends Nad and Bono. In the middle of their journey, they meet Farish, Aruna’s former crush. Directed by Edwin, the film allows people to see traditional foods in Surabaya and Pamekasan regency in East Java and the West Kalimantan cities of Pontianak and Singkawang. (wir/mut)