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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WRMH4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cvb on February 7, 2014
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Characters were believable. A little slow in developing. Good plot. Lim Kay Tong is a good actor. Shanty play her character well, too.
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By Scott Collins on June 27, 2014
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Totally watchable, a little slow but some twists. The plot is not predictable, and it passes the Bechdel test.
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By whatisknown on June 21, 2014
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In mandarin with subtitles. how 2 people of different backgrounds help each other resolving deep emotional conflicts. the films uses the photos to tie the story together.
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By Pale Rider 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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