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Banyu Biru



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694.56 MB
Indonesian 2.0
25 fps
1 hr 15 min
P/S 7 / 11
1.26 GB
Indonesian 2.0
25 fps
1 hr 15 min
P/S 4 / 16

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Reviewed by incubrus6 / 10

A surreal film that critics hated.

Banyu Biru is the most underrated film because the film critics in Indonesia are narrow minded towards the art and surreal film.

Banyu Biru is a surreal-road movie about Banyu who (Tora) is looking for answer from his father (Slamet Raharjo). Tora Surido is playing a completely different role this time as Banyu. Tora seems don't understand about the role. Most of the time in the movie, we can see, that Tora seems don't know what he is doing. From "the making of" he does admitted that a day before the shoot, he still not able to find Banyu's character. Well, if we judge it from the movie, he never get the character. But for some reason it doesn't matter, in fact it helps the movie a lot since Banyu is "why do I live like this" kind of person.

The movie was very short for a feature film, only 70 minutes. Maybe this is one of the reason why people dislike it. But Banyu Biru still is a good movie because of it's very different compare to other Indonesia movie that were trapped in the world of teen and horror movies.

Reviewed by estellechamplain7 / 10

Surrealism, Acceptance, Love

Banyu Biru is an Indonesian surreal film about love, acceptance, and embracing the ephemeral nature of life. The movie was artfully directed by Teddy Soeriaatmadja and was released in 2005. The lead actor, Tora Sudiro, portrays Banyu, a lonely young man on a quest for answers from his father that he believes will allow him to reconcile the childhood tragedy that destroyed his family. Although this story could easily have been presented in a darker tone, Soeriaatmadja skillfully allows the tale to unfold in charmingly witty scenes. The overall effect is both heart rendering and though provoking.

Banyu Biru opens with a sweet, nostalgic scene of Banyu's parents dancing in their sunlit living room as the children play happily. Soft music plays in the background as the camera pans leisurely from one family member to the next. Almost immediately, the tone of the film changes to tragedy. This sharp contrast from one moment to the next, from one mood to an opposite mood, is repeated throughout the one hour movie. Switching on and off from heart to mind, from real to imagined, moves the viewer (along with Banyu) closer and closer to understanding the very pulse of life.

As Banyu travels place on his quest to confront his father, he is assisted by an unusual assortment of side characters: his uncle who has been married five times; the suicidal ex-lover of his uncle's current wife; a former neighbor girl named Sula, whom he had forgotten; a surly travel agent who bears an eerie resemblance to his human resource trainer at work; a gypsy with a flirtatious wife; an uncouth coffee-stand vendor; and a sympathetic transvestite. Each of these characters offers him their own kind of assistance but the common theme to their aid is that they each urge him to reconcile with his father regardless of the circumstances that originally contributed to the estrangement. Interestingly, the least likely characters are the kindest, while those one would expect to be helpful are blatantly discourteous.

Banyu Biru is indeed a quirky movie. Symbolism is heavily employed. The most obvious case is in the use of colors. Almost every object in the movie set belong to the blue hues or the oranges. A particularly poignant scene that took advantage of color symbolism occurs when Sula takes Banyu into a field of tall amber grass where together they enjoy peaceful solitude from the outside world. The colors of their clothing are reflected in the sunset. Sula is soft in glowing cream, like the light nearest the horizon, while Banyu wears a more intense coral, also seen in the receding sun. This harmonizing of characters into their natural surroundings is suggestive of how the two belong together as surely as the the tones of nature mix. It is at this moment that Banyu senses his first glimmer of peace as an adult. The colors and human expressions hint that he knows he has finally found where he belongs, now he knows his true destination--yet his journey must first be completed.

Toward the close of the story, Banyu has gained the understanding to allow him to accept life after tragedy and to make peace with his father. Rather than a neat and tidy final scene though, Soeriaatmadja inserts a few clues that there may be a twist in store for the audience. Some characters seem to share the same are not entirely logical, for example, all clocks point to 5:20, and certain unexplained recurring themes become difficult to tire swings, circles in architecture, and '67 Morris car. Why? The viewer will have to watch to see how all the illogical becomes logical before the final curtain falls.

Reviewed by nick-73510 / 10

Witty and Surreal "Road Trip" Film

Banyu (Tora Sudiro),lonely and bored to death with his customer service job, decides to return to his village after a 10-year absence. He's spent years bottling up the pain of losing his sister and mother, and holds anger against his father (Slamet Rahardjo). Along the way he crosses path with eccentric folks who bring him closer to understanding how to love and be loved.

The clever little film explodes with color and scenery from around remote areas of West Java and is quite a change of pace and style from the usual horror and teen flick genre that commands the Indonesian movie industry. It was quickly panned by the Indonesian press for trying too hard to be surreal while at the same time delivering a vague message. Nevertheless, Sudiro, a relative newcomer to acting, handles the pressure of holding up the movie and is actually quite effective performing alongside the veteran Rahardjo.

Slank, a local Indonesian rock band, has recorded effective theme music based on a classic and sentimental song by Ismail Marzuki. All in all, this film - if it is ever exported and sold outside of Indonesia - will charm anyone who likes independent films whether they are non-Western or not. Two thumbs up and a big thank you to Teddy Soeriaatmadja for making Banyu Biru ("Blue Water").

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