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Jakarta Post

'Ave Maryam' of lust and guilt

  • Stanley Widianto


Jakarta   /   Sat, February 16 2019   /  02:46 am

Temptations: Ave Maryam, penned and directed by Ertanto Robby Soediskam, portrays the human body as both sacred and carnal.Ertanto Robby Soediskam’s turgid film, Ave Maryam, which he writes and directs, is a story of lust and guilt in equal measure.The Bible portrays lust as many things, including the fact that it exists. King David succumbs to it when he orchestrates the death of Uriah, so that he could marry his wife, Bathsheba — whom he first sees while she’s in the shower. Incestuous desires trouble the mind of King David’s son, Amnon, who rapes his half-sister.

In a way, Ave Maryam could be a modern retelling of the sinful Adam and Eve arc. It concerns a nun who lives in a Catholic monastery in Semarang, Sister Maryam (Maudy Koesnaedi).

Along with the younger nuns in the monastery, Maryam takes care of the elderly nuns, including the sickly Sister Monic (Tutie...