Thursday, September 20, 2018

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is the Indonesian Entry for the 91st Academy Awards.

By José Alberto Hermosillo
“Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” is a terrific, amusing, women driven film.

Brave young filmmaker Mouly Surya displays no inhibitions to expose the living conditions of marginalized Asian women. It is the Indonesian entry for Best Foreign Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

The “Western-like” Asian survival flick is called a “Satay Western.” Actress Marsha Timothy performance is powerful.

"Marlina..." cleverly displays grotesque violence and delivers the bittersweet pleasure of vengeance. It is almost like a Quentin Tarantino movie where violence is everywhere and is enjoyable. 

Divided into four parts, Marlina is one of those underdog heroes that must come out victorious in any given situation that endangers her wellbeing.
Act I. The Assault brings tension right from the very beginning. As Marlena has to confront seven “bad hombres” demanding food and sex. 

Act II. The Journey starts at the moment she walks out of her house and hits the road with a plastic bag in hand. Inside, the head of one of her attackers. Down the road, like in the “Wizard of Oz,” she encounters some unusual characters that will make her trip more amusing. 

Act III. The Confession, as Marlina looks for help from the authorities and wants to confess, she is also afraid of it because of her conditions of a poor woman, could make things worse.

Upon Marlina's return, she would find the peace she is looking for.

Act IV. The Birth brings surprises, twists and turns to the story with a very satisfactory resolution.

All I want to say about "Marlina Murderer in Four Acts" is that I loved its exquisite beauty, her straight as a woman and her unbroken spirit.
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