nach oben

Marlina – Die Mörderin in vier Akten

A film by Mou­ly Sur­ya. In indo­ne­si­an with ger­man sub­tit­les.

A young widow vio­lent­ly turns the tables on her would-be atta­ckers, in this power­ful, pro­vo­ca­ti­ve, and visual­ly stun­ning Indo­ne­si­an take on the „femi­nist wes­tern” gen­re.

Power­ful, pro­vo­ca­ti­ve, and visual­ly stun­ning, Mar­li­na the Mur­de­rer in Four Acts is a lumin­ous new ent­ry in the femi­nist wes­tern sub­gen­re. Mou­ly Surya’s accom­plis­hed third fea­ture is one of a kind: a con­tem­pora­ry rewor­king of the spa­ghet­ti wes­tern and smoul­de­ring reven­ge movie that is deeply roo­ted in the cul­tu­ral and geo­po­li­ti­cal land­s­capes of Indo­ne­sia.

Mar­li­na (Mar­sha Timo­thy) is a young widow, living alo­ne in a remo­te farm­house with the embal­med corp­se of her decea­sed hus­band. When rob­bers arri­ve, enti­t­led by cen­tu­ries of male domi­na­ti­on, to ste­al her live­stock, sei­ze her pos­ses­si­ons, and rape her, Mar­li­na has only her cou­ra­ge and intel­li­gence to rely on. She thinks fast and acts even fas­ter. The next day finds her on the road, hit­ching a ride to town with a seve­r­ed head in one hand and a sab­re in the other.

A tale of repos­ses­sed strength and per­so­nal iden­ti­ty, the film fea­tures a com­pel­ling prot­ago­nist and intro­du­ces a gal­le­ry of other sple­ndid fema­le cha­rac­ters, espe­cial­ly „10-mon­ths” pregnant Novi (Dea Panen­dra).

Sur­ya builds ten­si­on with an assu­red mise en scè­ne then dis­si­pa­tes it with bub­bly bursts of caustic humour, play­ing with ove­r­used cine­ma­tic lan­guages to find a genui­ne new style. Wit­ty and sub­ver­si­ve, Mar­li­na the Mur­de­rer in Four Acts is a bold and wel­co­me affront to the staid sen­si­bi­li­ties of male-cent­red cine­ma cul­tu­re.

GIOVANNA FULVI


 
Credits:
Indo­ne­si­en 2017, 94 Min., indo­ne­si­sche OmU
Regie: Mou­ly Sur­ya
Buch: Mou­ly Sur­ya, Rama Adi
Kame­ra: Yunus Paso­lang
Schnitt: Kiki­wi­ni Matu­so­la

mit: Mar­sha Timo­thy, Dea Panen­dra, Yoga Pra­ta­ma, Rita Matu Mona
 
Ter­mi­ne:

  • noch kei­ne / oder kei­ne mehr