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Jakarta Post

‘Something in Between’ Another entry in high school romance

  • Stanley Widianto


Jakarta   /   Sat, September 29 2018   /  03:47 am

Something in Between proves that there are rules to high school romance films and it is up to filmmakers to break them or blindly follow them.High school romance has charted the islands of Indonesian films for a long time. Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? (What’s Up with Cinta?) or Catatan Akhir Sekolah (After School Notes) are some of the examples of our cinema making deliberate concessions to the young, the hopeful and perhaps the naive.

But there has been a spike in interest in high school dramas that contain the following: charismatic, suave male character with all the right words to say and the female character to woo.

A Dilan, the main character of the movie Dilan 1990, gives a lot of cues for Something in Between. And a few months ago, I saw the trailer to the film Raja dan Ratu Rahasia (King and Queen of Secrets), starring Brandon Salim and Aurora Ribero. The movie poster r...