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Chasing the Sun

A slight drama about friendship put to the test with the novelty of an Indonesian locale, "Chasing the Sun" reps a pleasant but unexceptional look at four buddies in a Jakarta housing project who discover that growing up sometimes means growing apart.

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With: Winky Wiryawan, Udjo, Fauzi Baadilla, Fedi Nuril, Agni P. Arkadewi, Ade Habibie, Irshadi Bagasputro, Rafi Nabil Hafizh, Agung Prabowo, Rio Bhaskara, Arief Rivan, Nungki Kusumastuti, Ayu Dyah Pasha.

A slight drama about friendship put to the test with the novelty of an Indonesian locale, “Chasing the Sun” reps a pleasant but unexceptional look at four buddies in a Jakarta housing project who discover that growing up sometimes means growing apart. Nice ensemble work from a new generation of actors carries the old-fashioned story through mostly standard ups and downs, though helmer Rudi Soedjarwo never manages to shake a small-screen feel. Offshore biz won’t be chasing after pic’s moderate success at home.

Four boyhood friends, each with a distinct personality, have a ritual of racing each other through their neighborhood at sunset. As kids they’re inseparable, sticking together to turn in local bully Obet (Ade Habibie) when they witness him beating a child to death. At 17 they’re still tight, but when a girl (Agni P. Arkadewi) enters the picture, tensions rise between sweet-tempered Ardi (Winky Wiryawan) and hot-headed Damar (Fauzi Baadilla). Then Obet gets out of jail looking for revenge, and their formerly united front cracks apart. Soedjarwo makes good use of handheld camerawork, but Western-style music, with occasional Southeast Asian flavor, leans toward the melodramatic.

Chasing the Sun

Indonesia

Production: A Kipas Communications, Sinemart production. (International sales: Kipas Communications, Jakarta, Indonesia.) Produced by Dian Hehanussa. Executive producer, Leo Sutanto. Co-producers, Ferick Maliki, Mitzy Christina, Cindy Christina. Directed by Rudi Soedjarwo. Screenplay, Titien Wattimena.

Crew: Camera (color/B&W), Ipung ; editor, Sastha Sunu; music, Andi Rianto; art director, T "Moty" D Setyanto ; costume designer, Clara ; line producer, Daliono. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (Sea Eyes), Feb. 5, 2005. Original title: Mengejar matahari. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: With: Winky Wiryawan, Udjo, Fauzi Baadilla, Fedi Nuril, Agni P. Arkadewi, Ade Habibie, Irshadi Bagasputro, Rafi Nabil Hafizh, Agung Prabowo, Rio Bhaskara, Arief Rivan, Nungki Kusumastuti, Ayu Dyah Pasha.

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