01 January 2010

Top 5 Local Film of 2009: (2) Ruma Maida

2009 marked another promising turn for Indonesian cinema. Filmmakers in the country released more than 100 titles, an encouraging number for a once-dead industry. But this year has not just ben about quantity: A variety of films from different genres provided movie buffs a much-needed breath of fresh air.

Although the selection was still dominated by horror flicks and slapstick comedies, we also saw a war movie, “Merah Putih(Red and White), a martial-arts flick, “Merantau” and a village mafia quintet in “Serigala Terakhir(Last Wolf). These bold films moved both the heard and mind.

The following lists are as objective as such a list can be.

2. Ruma Maida (Maida’s House)

Teddy Soeriaatmadja’s film tells the story of Maida Lilian Manurung (Atiqah Hasiholan) and her fight to save a school for street kids. Maida set up the school in an abandoned home, but the building is targeted for conversion to commercial use.

Maida tries to find ways to save the house, with the help of the devious Sakera (Yama Carlos), and a look into the building’s past helps Maida find an answer to her problem.

Ruma Maida is a movie of storytelling, romantic, poignant and historical tales are recounted and presented in a creative interveawing plot. The movie offers a strong social message about the ever-widening social gap between the rich and poor, while offering a look at some of the important chapters in Indonesia’s history of independence.


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