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.