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Demi Ucok: A drama without too much drama

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 9 2012   /  01:45 pm

Scenes from Demi Ucok, dubbed as a film by a mother, a daughter and you.The movie Demi Ucok (For Ucok), directed by Sammaria Simanjuntak, tells the story of a mother-daughter relationship — a subject that often prompts eyeball rolling and groans from many women and girls.

Yet it tells the tale without having to resort to either hysterical wails or any other unnecessary drama so commonplace in, well, dramas.

Instead, Demi Ucok spices itself up with matter-of-fact bluntness, lovable characters and insights into local traditions as well as current trends.

In the storyline, moviemaker Gloria Sinaga (Geraldine Sianturi) is faced with the challenge of taking a leap forward in her career.

Her first movie four years ago was a moderate success but it was, in her opinion, amateurish, and she has big dreams about her second work being more professionally made, more ...