The raw beauty of the Indonesian island's empty, sun-drenched hills is captivating. For a young widow living alone, however, it is not a safe place. When several thugs show up at her door, no one will hear her cries for help. They do not expect her to leave home in the morning with one of their heads wrapped in a piece of cloth. The director offers an intriguing blend of the conventions of a Western and those an intimate drama, complemented by a documentary flair and sarcastic sense of humor. In terms of form, she does a masterful job: the panoramic images are hypnotizing, and her use of light is a nod to Caravaggio. The character of the widow was inspired by her observations of the women living on the island, but the rhythmic screenplay lends her mythological features. The protagonist's search for justice involves mundane and minor events that combine, however, to create a story about feminine strength. If anyone were tempted to make a slow cinemaversion of Mad Max, it might look just like Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts.
Born in Jakarta, Mouly Surya is considered one of the most important figures among the younger generation of Indonesian filmmakers. She studied Media and Literature in Indonesia and Direction in Australia. Her debut film won an award for best direction at the Jakarta Festival, and her second full-length feature was screened at the Sundance, Rotterdam, and Karlovy Vary festivals. Her third film, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, was the only production from Southeast Asia in the program at this year's Cannes Festival.
2008 Fiction / Fiksi
2013 What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love / Yang Tidak Dibicarakan Ketika Membicarakan Cinta
2017 Marlina: zbrodnia w czterech aktach / Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts / Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak