A wondrous film, and that is clearly what the maker wanted. She tells cheerful love stories about young blind people, played by blind actors. Apparently someone who can’t see has to possess more imagination. Maybe that explains the imaginative power of the film.
'It's always about love. It's boring', someone remarks about the romantic radio play her friend is listening to. That infinite variations on the theme of love are possible is proven by the second film by young Indonesian director Mouly Surya. She sets her film, for which she also wrote the screenplay, in a school for the blind and partially-sighted in Jakarta. Just like everyone else, the pupils here also have their desires. To attract the attention of the boy she is secretly in love with, Diana buys a bottle of her favourite perfume. In spite of her disability, Maya wants to be an actress, but has to put up with a lot of teasing about this from her boyfriend. Fitri is also taken for a ride - by a hard-of-hearing rocker, who poses as a mysterious doctor. Surya's film, full of steadicam shots flowing through the corridors of the institute, is not only about blindness, but tackles all the senses: there is plenty of tasting, listening, sniffing and touching.
- Nicholas Saputra
- Ayushita Nugraha
- Anggun Priambodo
- Karina Salim
- Lupita Jennifer
- Mouly Surya
- Yunus Pasolang
- Kelvin Nugroho
- Zeke Khaseli
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The film alights with graceful insights and strokes that are sensual and, alas, multi-sensory.
I always try to place my camera in a place where, as an audience, you can observe it and you can actually become someone who is rather objective about what is happening.
Mouly Surya (b. 1980, Indonesia) was born in Jakarta, where she currently lives. She is considered one of the most promising female filmmakers in Indonesia. After earning her BA in Media and Literature from Swinburne University, Melbourne, Surya obtained an MA in Film and Television from Bond University, Queensland. Besides making films, she teaches a directing class in Jakarta. Her debut film, FICTION, won numerous awards including Best Director at JIFFEST 2008. It premiered internationally at the 13th Busan International Film Festival. WHAT THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT LOVE is her second feature. Her film MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS (2017) was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.