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What do you see in some of the most recent Indonesian movies? I see a mass masturbation of visual elements, to compensate for a lack of storytelling abilities. Or some may say Indonesian movies have too much icing without much chewable cake in it.
Instead of starting with a KISS method (Keep It Simple, Studid!) I have been overwhelmed, in a negative way, by an overflow of unimportant and sometimes irrelevant play of visual elements.
Let's just compare two of the most well-known movies from both countries, they are Ungu Violet (http://www.ungu-violet.com/) and Sepet (http://www.sepet.com.my/). Both carry the same romantic stories with some conflict blended into the plot. But what is a movie without a good story telling talent?
Pardon me for so being too blunt in my expression. But perhaps I should elaborate more on my thoughts on this issue:
-Casts and characters were well selected and developed (nobody famous but very talented)
-Choice of scenes and location was modest and purely honest to reflect the true culture of the particular region of Malaysia.
-Blending sound and sights at the perfect mitch to complement the storyline.
-Casts and characters were not well selected and developed. Dian Sastro could be better but her counterpart was a terrible actor.
-Culturally unexplainable, trying too much to be in the dreamworld and not being too honest about daily life in Indonesia.
-Overpowering sound and sights that do not do much good to the storyline but to show off some cinematographic skills and some trendy music.
Is it the actors' fault that Indonesian movies cannot be humble or true to itself? Or, is it the directors'?
Don't tell me it's about financial resources or equipment because I do believe that low budget films have been successful with good storytelling ability.
Look at the way French ("Amelie" or "Lila" or "a la folie pas du tout"), Italian ("Cinema Paradiso") and Iranian ("Children of Heaven") films depict daily life. Yes, of course exagerration is necessary but the point is that Indonesian movies are lacking in many areas, including the character development. Remember how the movie Gie that lasted for 3 hours has failed to develop Soe Hok Gie's character from beginning to end? A big failure, indeed.
If you are in movie business or interested to discuss about this, I welcome your participation on Skype.