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Jakarta Post

Hoping for a pleasant surprise

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 25 2012   /  12:07 pm

With the number of moviegoers seeming to decline over the past two years despite a steady number of film productions, is it time to sound the alarm?

Asked about the last Indonesian movie she had watched in a cinema, Endah Setya paused for a moment, trying to recall the title.

“Ah, it was Ketika Cinta Bertasbih 2 [When Love Worships, locally known as KCB]. I remember watching it with my relatives after an Idul Fitri open-house,” Endah said, referring to the romance-religious drama, the second installment of Chaerul Umam’s film released in 2009.

The Western-movie lover admitted she rarely watched Indonesian movies since they were so forgettable. “Local movies offer similar themes. No big surprises,” she says.

In the past two years, it seems that the number of moviegoers watching local films has started to decline despite the steady number of film pro...