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Jakarta Post

'Ayat-ayat Cinta' survives heavy-handed treatment

  • Nauval Yazid


Jakarta   /   Sun, March 2 2008   /  11:45 am

Filmmakers might be jealous of any number of factors in Hanung Bramantyo's latest film, Ayat-ayat Cinta (Verses of Love) of: the best-seller novel of the same name from which it was adapted; ample promotion; exotic locations; and even the otherwise problematic long delayed-release which does drive curiosity. However, these elements may pale in comparison with the advantage of endorsements by particular religious leaders in the name of a certain religion. And this is where the record must be set straight: giving religious consideration to this film is in the same vein with fussy trivializing concerns about downplaying the religious theme in Da Vinci Code. In other words, neither Ayat or Da Vinci are religious films. The Passion of the Christ is, and so are legendary Indonesian filmmaker Chaerul Umam's 1977 epic Al Kautsar and his 1982 critically acclaimed Titian Seramb...