Sita is a spirited young woman working to support her family as a singer and prostitute in a local brothel. Always short of funds and bullied by her pimp, she convinces an elderly portrait photographer, Mr. Johan, to rent her a room; in failing health, Mr. Johan is desperate to find an apprentice to carry on his work before he dies.
The unlikely bond that develops between Sita and Mr. Johan is the basis of writer-director Nan Achnas's visually brilliant and poignant human drama about the profound effect one life can have on another.
"Evocative and touching..." –Hollywood Reporter
"Leisurely paced and beautifully acted...a haunting—and haunted—examination of the way simple snapshots can galvanize and obstruct our ability to move on."
–The New York Times
The Photograph is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Indonesian with English subtitles.
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A fallen woman on the run develops a new life with the aid of a troubled photographer in The Photograph, the fourth feature from Indonesian helmer Nan Achnas, whose keen eye and quality lensing provide a visually luxuriant film experience. --Variety
Evocative and touching. --Hollywood Reporter