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Jakarta Post

Top ten theatrical releases of 2008

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, December 28 2008   /  10:41 am

In a year that saw an increase in the number of films being screened at local theaters, there were plenty of choose from in 2008, but only a handful of excellent ones. The Jakarta Post's contributor Iskandar Liem picks ten of the best, in chronological order of release. Mereka Bilang Saya Monyet! (They Say I'm A Monkey!)
Adjeng is a writer constantly shadowed by childhood demons. Alternating effortlessly between the past and the present, the film charts her toxic relationship with her movie star has-been mother and the ramifications of juvenile sexual abuse. Unflinching in its brutal honesty and fluid in its visual allegory, this adaptation of her own book marks controversial author Djenar Maesa Ayu's directorial debut, heralding a rebellious new voice in Indonesian cinema. El Orfanato (The Orphanage)
Produced by Guillermo Del Toro (P...