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Arisan! 2 (2011)
Director: Nia Dinata
Stars: Tora Sudiro, Surya Saputra, Cut Mini, Aida Nurmala, Rachel Maryam.
Nothing is straight in this life. The idea just came over me after finishing the film.
8 years after the first film, which was ground breaking and becoming talks of the country, and the short lived TV episodes, all the characters were brought by the director and the writer of the film, Nia Dinata, to a new phase in their lives.
Still glamorous and witty, Arisan! 2 is just classy per se.
Numbers of noisy arisan ladies were reduced significantly, yet casual botox, wrinkles bitching, parties, and well dressed people will entertain your eyes, and mood - if not also bitching about it personally.
With the separation of Sakti and Nino, with the death of Andien’s husband, the birth of the fatherless son of Lita, and the single Memei, comes along several new characters which brought the edge of the film.
Suddenly everyone is married, and bisexual, and keeping it discreet for - whatever reasons. Wicked menage a troi. Some of those people do exist in the capital city, the big Durian.
Dealing with new problems in their own life, the film also brought us to the heavenly scenery of Lombok. A perfect choice. And a nice move to help boosting the tourism campaign of the country too.
Somewhat I feel this film is the ‘Eat, Pray, and Love’ of local film. It has that new edge feelings inside. A new character strongly presents this feeling in the film. And Lombok is just the right place to set all the mood up.
While dealing with new people, problems, and love, the characters also have to look inside their friendship over an issue which cause an emotional, and physical impact to one of them - which could be the twist of a possible 3rd sequel for the successful films.
Nia Dinata also brought the new edge feelings by taking her audiences to Borobudur where Vaisakh ceremony was held and one of the character has to go there to encounter a new profound consciousness in her life.
I love how Nia generally and frequently took wider, and bigger shots of everything. Nothing in the film seems squeezed. And that kind of shots were perfect for scenes in Borobudur, Lombok, and while the characters were snorkeling.
This film is not that feel good film, but somehow after finishing it, you will walk out of the cinema feeling good.
Again, worry a little bit with how people from other parts if of the country would perceive the film. Cause we are talking about Jakartans, with their odd life.
The casts? audiences love them - the characters have perfectly fit them after 8 years of waiting for them to comeback to the widescreen. Yet, minor characters have fallen into - well - forced acting or simply making the screen ‘so noisy’
Relax. It’s all about sex. And how people hide it.