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Jakarta Post

A love-hate relationship with Kabir Bhatia's latest offering

  • Iskandar Liem


Jakarta   /   Sun, February 24 2008   /  02:12 pm

At first glance, this remake of an acclaimed Malaysian film might seem like a star-studded retread aiming solely for box office gold that's as generic as its moniker, but Love, despite its flaws, proves to be an emotional reflection on affairs of the heart. Five tales revolving around five couples of various ages, social and economic groups are told amid the hustle and bustle of Jakarta life. The film jumps back and forth between these separate narrative threads, with the main characters occasionally crossing each other's paths at certain locations in the city. Tere (Luna Maya) is a successful writer who takes an interest in Awin (Darius Sinathria), a shy employee at a bookstore where Tere's latest book is sold. Alas, Awin's introverted tendencies lead to a few misunderstandings that serve as stumbling blocks in their courtship. Meanwhile, across town, Miranda (Wulan Guritn...