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Of Love and Eggs

Leaving aside the grittier scenes of earlier works, top Indonesian helmer Garin Nugroho crafts a simple ensemble piece geared to showing the humane side of a religion more often demonized than embraced. "Of Love and Eggs" uses a gentle, slightly bumbling imam (Didi Petet) as the paternal face of Islam, a benevolent figure doling out love with warmth and humor to assorted working-class types around a Jakarta market.

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With: Didi Petet, Neno Warisman, Jaja Miharja, Nova Eliza, Raisa Pramesi, Fauzy Baadila, Reza Bukan, Putri Mulia, Sakurtha H. Ginting, Yoellita Palar, Arswendi Nasution.

Leaving aside the grittier scenes of earlier works, top Indonesian helmer Garin Nugroho crafts a simple ensemble piece geared to showing the humane side of a religion more often demonized than embraced. “Of Love and Eggs” uses a gentle, slightly bumbling imam (Didi Petet) as the paternal face of Islam, a benevolent figure doling out love with warmth and humor to assorted working-class types around a Jakarta market. Broadly drawn characters and Nugroho’s tested expertise with children mean pic’s best chances away from home rest with kids’ fests looking for contempo issues clearly told.

Shot entirely on a crowded set reminiscent of an Indonesian version of “East Enders,” pic begins shortly before the Lebaran holiday, when most city-dwellers return to their native villages. Those left in town include Asih (Putri Mulia), an angry young girl unwilling to accept that her mother may have abandoned the family; Bimo (Sakurtha H. Ginting), a mischievous boy selling eggs at the market; and Rindu (Raisa Pramesi), a deaf girl impatiently awaiting her brother’s return. Five different dialects and multiple ethnicities are used to turn the market into a national microcosm, united by their faith.

Of Love and Eggs

Indonesia

Production: A PT Cinema Komunikasi Film Intl., SET Film Workshop, CMP Creative Motion Pictures production. (International sales: SET Film Workshop, Jakarta.) Produced by Teddy Ibrahim Anwar, Garin Nugroho. Executive producers, Geger (Lily Bintoro), Mas Ewo Prabowo. Co-producer, Anastasia Rina. Directed by Garin Nugroho. Co-director, Arturo Gp. Screenplay, Armantono , Nugroho.

Crew: Camera (color), Joseph Fofid; editor, Gp; music, Dwiki Dharmawan; production designer, Budi Riyanto; costume designer, Bambang Heriyanto; line producer, Togap Amani Ernest. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (Sea Eyes), Jan. 31, 2005. Original title: Rindu Kami PadaMU. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: With: Didi Petet, Neno Warisman, Jaja Miharja, Nova Eliza, Raisa Pramesi, Fauzy Baadila, Reza Bukan, Putri Mulia, Sakurtha H. Ginting, Yoellita Palar, Arswendi Nasution.

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