January 16, 2008

Opera Jawa.

Opera Jawa "Barely two weeks into the new year and here comes Opera Jawa, a surrealist Indonesian pomo-folkloric/funkadelic musical–slash–avant-garde pop-and-lock revolutionary romance–slash–Hindu song-and-dance-installation art extravaganza," writes Nathan Lee in the Voice. "Visually, the movie is a radiant folk fantasia, at once sophisticated and elemental, freewheeling and composed."

"Based on The Abduction of Sita, from the Hindu epic The Ramayana, this bizarre musical extravaganza is the seventh feature by the Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho and probably the first to open with a song about pig livers," writes Jeannette Catsoulis in the New York Times. "Filled with shadow puppets, leaping villagers, animal carcasses and tinkly gamelan music, Opera Jawa places its lurid love triangle against a backdrop of social unrest and erotic fantasy."

Update: Jonathan Rosenbaum takes exception to Jeannette Catsoulis's review.

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Posted by dwhudson at January 16, 2008 12:09 PM