Joni's Promise (Indonesian)

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Director: Joko Anwar
Cast: Mariana Renata, Nicholas Saputra, Rachel Maryam
RunTime: 87 mins

Genre: Comedy (Indonesian)
Rating: PG
Will Appeal To: If you want something different…

Talk about Indonesia and you will think of haze, maids, politics, Susilo… but movies?

Joni’s Promise should be the first Indonesian movie I have watched, and I don’t know how much it will appeal to the local audience. It resolves around Joni, a movie reel delivery boy never fails to make it on time. When the girl he loves challenges him to the next delivery, Murphy’s Law decides that whatever will go wrong will go wrong for him.

While the plot can get a little bizarre and old school. but it’s appeal lies in its simplicity. Joni may not be the best actor but he is very likeable.

What strikes me most is the movie feels very ‘old’ - old fashioned filming and editing techniques, jerky camera movements and a boom mike in sight. Is it Indonesia or is it done on purpose?

If you have enough of hamburgers. steak or kimchi, some Gado Gado may prove to be very refreshing.

Joni’s Promise – Indonesia can make good movies

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