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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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i could not offer better than the previous person to review. Please read it.
It is a slow film so be prepared.
Picture quality not great. Sad story about prostitute supporting family back home and old photographer with a tragic past.Published 8 months ago by N. Ross