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Jakarta Post

Still witty but more touching

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 4 2011   /  01:55 pm

Eight years after the release of her widely-discussed film Arisan!, Nia Dinata returns with a sequel, which portrays more homosexuality and the flashy life of socialites, while also including some poignant moments.

A scene depicting an intimate kiss between Tora Sudiro and Surya Saputra in Arisan! (The Gathering) back in 2003 was shocking for many Indonesian audiences. The satirical comedy, which featured a snippet of modern metropolitan life and touched on the taboo subject of homosexuality, was a big hit in Jakarta and in other cities across the country.

The film centers on the lives of the city’s beautiful and rich at a regular social gathering, where members contribute and take turns to win a sum of money. These events are known as good ways for members to promote their businesses, as well as places to trade gossip or even show off wealth. In short, these events are ...