Review: ‘The Seventh House’

A pair of film buffs search for true love in "The Seventh House," an Indonesian genre piece in "When Harry Met Sally ... " mold. Casting, production values and DV origins reflect the ultra-low budget, and, while pic possesses charm, it doesn't quite reach its excessive ambitions. Local B.O. was decent on release in February.

A pair of film buffs — one with a penchant for astrology, the other obsessed with dream analysis — search for true love in “The Seventh House,” an Indonesian genre piece in “When Harry Met Sally … ” mold. Casting, production values and DV origins reflect the ultra-low budget, and, while pic possesses charm, it doesn’t quite reach its excessive ambitions. Local B.O. was decent on release in February.

In a childhood scene, young Lintang encounters a fortune teller who tells her she needs to find a Taurus man for the seventh house of her zodiac chart. Cut to the present day, and Lintang (Dewi Rezer) and male friend Cakra (Indra Birowo) are looking at inappropriate partners rather than each other; the only thing they seem willing to share is their ambition to open a movie theater, which provides many opportunities for movie-buff refs. Jazzy soundtrack mimics Nora Ephron’s mainstream interpretation of Woody Allen’s soundtracks, but as the music has more verve than the inexperienced principals, pic fails to spark. The overall sexless atmosphere may be due to local Islamic sensitivities.

The Seventh House

Indonesia

Production

A Miles Films production. (International sales: Miles, Jakarta.) Produced by Mira Lesmana, Riri Riza. Directed by Rudi Soedjarwo. Screenplay, Rayya Makarim.

Crew

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Roy Lolang; editors, Robin Moran, Sastha Sunu; music, Indra Lesmana; art director, Eros Eflin. Reviewed at Pusan Film Festival (A Window on Asian Cinema), Oct. 5, 2003. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Dewi Rezer, Indra Birowo, Andhara Early, Gary Isak.
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