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Surat untuk bidadari (1994)

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Credited cast:
Nurul Arifin Nurul Arifin ... Berlian Merah
Hotalili Hotalili ... Kakek Jepang
Ibrahim Ibnu Ibrahim Ibnu ... Pak Pos
Fuad Idris Fuad Idris ... Malaria Tua
Adi Kurdi Adi Kurdi ... Kuda Liar
Jajang C. Noer Jajang C. Noer ... Jaska (as Jayang Pamoncak)
Monica Oemardi Monica Oemardi
Viva Westi Viva Westi ... Guru
Windy Windy ... Lewa


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12 February 1994 (Germany) See more »

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Brief an einen Engel See more »

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Hauntingly poetic.
5 August 1999 | by GodzcomicSee all my reviews

This is the only film that speaks for the director's reputation as the most respected filmmaker in the country today. Garin Nugroho stayed near his territory this time, documentary. Unlike his first full-length feature, 'Cinta dalam Sepotong Roti' ('Love in a Slice of Bread'), that tried to play with dialogue, 'Surat Untuk Bidadari' is silent, pseudo-documentary drama that tells a story from a little kid point of view. Loosely adapted from a short story 'A Letter to God' that was banned by Soeharto government, the film takes you to a place that you've never been or even imagined! It deals with a story of a motherless kid who spends his time wandering around taking pictures of women (including Madonna's poster posted at an abandoned bus) and obsessed to know much about their breasts!

Other characters were played well, some were named Red Horse or Stalion. The photography is toxicating. (One scene involving actual slaughtering of a cow a la Apocalypse Now is fantastic). If you curious about Garin Nugroho's works, this is the one to check out.

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