Of Love and Eggs
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In frustration, a young woman calls out to her father, who stands no more than twenty feet away from her in a crowded mosque, Speak to me! I can't hear you! A teacher hands the anguished father a microphone, whispering, use this. She'll hear you when you use this. To the cheers of the crowd, the father speaks into the microphone, telling his daughter how much he loves her.
This film brings this gentle humor to complex relationships between parents and children, and to social and religious issues of life in and around a Jakarta mosque, through the eyes and voices of children, and the powerful imagery of a prayer rug, young love and eggs.
"For each new film, he seems to invent a new style, or even several new styles. Nugroho keeps rediscovering film . . . For his latest film, Nugroho consciously chose for a simple, fresh and comic style that is reminiscent of the heyday of Egyptian comedy."
–International Film Festival Rotterdam
"As memorable for its humanist warmth as it is for Nugroho's deceptively light comedic touch . . . A fine film."
–Time Out London
Of Love and Eggs is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Bahasa-Indonesian with English subtitles.
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A gentle comedy of hopes and absences, Indonesian director Garin Nugroho's latest film is a touching meditation on the idea that everyday expressions of love form the true basis of religious spirit and community . . . Nugroho weaves their stories into the hopes and frustrations of other characters in the market -- a lovingly crafted studio set -- giving his realistic fairy tale a rich sense of lives interconnected, and a world where even the smallest gestures of affection can bring welcome grace. --Steve Mockus, San Francisco International Film Festival
It is perhaps not too great an exaggeration to say that Garin Nugroho has almost single handedly put contemporary Indonesian cinema on the map. --2006 Tokyo International Film Festival
A charming comedy-drama about a working-class Muslim community in Jakarta...beneath its benign surface interest in the place of Islam in the lives of believers, this is an angry anti-fundamentalist polemic. --Vancouver International Film Festival
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After a short introduction by Rindu (Raisa Pramesi), a deaf girl, the film opens with Bimo's story. Bimo (Sakurta H. Ginting) lives and works with his older brother, Seno, as an egg seller in the shop opened by their mother who is now deceased (along with their father). He longs for the love of a mother and in trying to win over the young woman who lives across the street and also happens to like his brother provides the comedic moments in the film.
The film then moves on to Asih (Putri Mulia) whose mother left her and her father to presumably escape the abuse from Asih's father. Asih struggles with the loss of her mother.
Most poignant of all is Rindu's story and her reaction to the fundamentalists' actions shown on TV.
The film closes with a multitude of happy endings which it states itself through Rindu in the closing.
One note of caution, the subtitles are a little subpar at times. However, I think most everyone will get the gist of what is being said.