BEFORE NOW AND THEN
Drama | Running Time: 103 minutes
2022 / Indonesian dialogue
Country: IndonesiaDirected by: Kamila Andini
Based in Jakarta, her concerns include culture, gender and the environment. Her second feature, “The Seen and the Unseen” (2017), enjoyed international success in 50 festivals worldwide, winning several awards.
ProducerGita Fara, Ifa Isfansyah
CastHappy Salma, Laura Basuki, Arswendy Bening Swara, Ibnu Jamil, Rieke Diah Pitaloka, Chempa Puteri, Arawinda Kirana
Nana (Happy Salma) is the much younger wife of the bullying Mr Darga (Arswendy Bening Swara), a local man of influence in West Java in the 1960s when Indonesia was in a calamitous state of civil war. The daughter of an intellectual and widow of a rebel, both murdered by the draconian regime, Nana escaped by taking a perilous trek through the jungle with a baby strapped to her body; Darga is her protector. She repays him by running his farm and house impeccably, enduring his compulsive philandering – and the consequent contempt of other men's wives – with dignity. Life brightens, however, when she befriends one of her husband's consorts, Ino (Laura Basuki), a market trader who is lively, reckless and refuses to be judged by anyone. Kamila Andini's film is elegantly composed, richly coloured and attentive to its characters' inner lives. The classic storytelling makes for wonderful cinema.