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The Photograph (Amazon.com Exclusive)

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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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

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

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  • Actors: Lim Kay Tong, Shanty
  • Directors: Nan Achnas
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Global Lens
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WRMH4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Photograph (Amazon.com Exclusive)" on IMDb

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 1, 2015
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I love the fact that I can scroll through Amazon's Prime film offerings and come upon gems like this 2007 Indonesian film, "The Photograph". Directed by Nan Achnas, this film stars Shanty as Sita, a young woman who works in a karaoke bar and also moonlights as a prostitute. She struggles to eke out a living so that she can support her young child and mother back in her village. Abused and hounded by her pimp, Sita moves out of her old place and rents a spare room in an old portrait photographer's place. The photographer, played by veteran Singaporean actor, Lim Kay Tong, and Sita form a close bond and the movie explores how their relationship impacts both of their lives.

The film comes with English subtitles and as someone who speaks Indonesian (thanks to growing up and living in the region), I can say that for the most part the translation is sufficient. Also, this film moves at a really slow pace and is not meant to be watched in a hurry - the gestures, facial expressions, body language, all work in tandem to enhance the storytelling. I watched this on an early Sunday morning while all the other members of my family were asleep, and I was able to fully immerse myself in the movie. It is a little gem of a film (obviously filmed on a low budget) that explores human relationships and how everyday people struggle with issues of identity and existence as they go through the motions of getting by in this often cruel and unforgiving world. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lonedog TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 29, 2014
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Sita, a singer and prostitute, has money problems and moves in with Mr. Johann, an aging and morose photographer. Gradually she hears his tragic life story (involving the deaths of his wife and son), and he hers (she has a daughter and sick grandmother back in her village whom she has to support). There's not a lot in the way of plot--it's more of a character study of these two disparate people who under normal circumstances would have little to say to each other--but it keeps you interested as their lives unfold under the same roof. Worth a viewing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sock Puppet on June 7, 2014
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A young prostitute and sometimes singer, working to support her family. rents a spare room from an aging photographer and slowly learns the mystery of his life. A close relationship is formed, based on one's need for the other. The actors play their parts well, the story is believable, and the photography is excellent.
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This what I consider a 'quiet' movie - laid back, emotional, getting into the minutae of everyday lives, seeing what makes the characters behavior. Thoroughly enjoyed it, although it did seem to take a bit to "get off the ground" storywise in the beginning.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon on April 16, 2011
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Touching, if a bit melodramatic, this Indonesian film about the growing friendship between a prostitute
hiding from her violent pimp and a dying portrait photographer weighed down by a lifelong secret is lovely
to look at, gentle, with a good heart. It's film I wish I loved even more.

The intentions are wonderful, but the tendency to go over the top with the acting (especially the old man),
and the fact you could see where the story was heading for quite a while kept a lid on my enthusiasm. So
did the emotional distance of the style and very slow pace (and I love slow movies). All that said, it was good
enough that I will see it again, and discover if it pulls me in deeper next time, knowing ahead of time the
very low-key approach to the story, and the slightly heightened performances (an odd, interesting contradiction there).
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A great symbolic movie which presents conflicting human emotions in a very beaitiful soft but questioning manner. I enjoyed the movie which focuses on dimensions of love.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vianney on May 14, 2014
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Good movie with very unique actors in a serious topic. Best picture and great sound all in one assemblage for customers
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It took me a while to sit throw this movie. It's very slow, but in the end I think it's worth watching especially if it comes free with your Prime.
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