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Jakarta Post

'Gara-gara Bola': About urban life, not soccer

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 18 2008   /  11:18 am

If you happen to be a huge soccer fan, be aware that Gara-Gara Bola (Because of Soccer) is not a soccer movie. It is a comedy about two troubled young men in a world where only sex and money matters. Directed by young newcomers Agasyah Karim and Khalid Kashogi, the 75-minute movie tells the story of Heru (Herjunot Ali), a cute but ill-tempered employee at a noodle restaurant, and his roommate Ahmad (Winky Wiryawan), a compulsive gambler who has a small-scale printing business. They love soccer, but for different reasons: Heru enjoys playing the game, while Ahmad loves the game because he thinks he might be able to get rich from it through betting. However, Ahmad is neither smart nor lucky. A day before the final match of the Euro 2006 competition, Ahmad and Heru find themselves owing Rp 20 million (about US$2,000) to the gaming mafia after betting for the I...