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Jakarta Post

‘Marlina’ Unnerving, and all around glorious

  • Stanley Widianto


Jakarta   /   Sat, November 18 2017   /  12:39 am

The journey: Marlina avenges her rapist and robbers in a scene from Mouly Surya’s latest film Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts.Director Mouly Surya’s third film Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts has been rightly billed as Indonesia’s first satay western film — a play on the spaghetti western trope — and it’s one hell of a ride.With origins in Indonesia and Malaysia, satay is a dish of skewered meat, cooked on top of a grill over a charcoal fire. The cook fans the fire, the billowing smoke blows with it an alluring smell that lingers on any piece of clothing. If there was a most unlikely place where you’d see this dish referenced, this movie review would probably be it. Director Mouly Surya’s thirst for cold blood in her latest movie Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, and the actors’ commitment to it, is what animates the film. Split into four parts — titled the R...