Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts 15

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This film was last shown on 26 April 2018

The Indonesian island of Sumba provides the setting for this stunning revenge-Western. Marlina, recently widowed, finds her home and livelihood under attack from a gang who think they can take ownership of her body and cattle because she no longer has a man to ‘protect’ her… they are wrong. Killing several of her attackers, Marlina goes on a long, demanding journey in search of justice and redemption in the face of gender-based violence and discrimination.

Striking visuals and an evocative soundtrack make this an incredibly powerful watch, and the film is a brilliant example of what can happen when traditionally male-dominated genres like the Western are opened up to stories of womanhood.

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Director
Mouly Surya
Country
France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Year
2018
Duration
93 mins
Language
Indonesian
Cast
Dea Panendra, Egy Fedly, Yoga Pratama

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