Review: ‘Hello Goodbye’

Two mismatched Indonesians get to know each other in Busan in appealing if overlong romancer "Hello Goodbye."

Two mismatched Indonesians get to know each other in Busan in appealing if overlong romancer “Hello Goodbye.” Helming the first of 25 features she’s written since 2004, Titien Wattimena springs few surprises in this old-fashioned yarn, but glossy packaging and the casting of attractive young stars Atiqah Hasiholan and Rio Dewanto should prompt distaff auds to turn out in good numbers on the pic’s Nov. 29 local release. A pleasant fest addition, the film has a shot at limited play in South Korea following its world preem in Busan.

Bored with her staff job at the Indonesian consulate, Indah Pramesti (Atiqah) is asked to make the necessary hospital arrangements for Abi Budiman (Dewanto), a hunky young Indonesian sailor who suffered a heart attack off the South Korean coast. Sparks begin to fly once his tales of global roaming trigger her bottled-up yearnings for a more adventurous life. It takes a little too long for Abi to leave his sickbed and take meaningful recuperative and romantic walks with Indah, but the pic reps a nicely packaged gambol through comfortably familiar territory. Tech aspects are pro.

Hello Goodbye

Indonesia

Production

A Falcon Pictures release of a Falcon Pictures presentation of an H.B. Naveen production. (International sales: Falcon Pictures, Jakarta.) Produced by Frederica. Executive producer, H.B. Naveen. Directed, written by Titien Wattimena.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Yunus Pasolang; editor, Robby Barus; music, Raymondo Gascaro, Dono Firman; art director, Eros Eflin; costume designer, Citra Subijako; sound (Dolby Digital), Khikmawan Santosa; visual effects supervisor, Cundra Setiabudhi; line producers, Tika Angela Sandy, Edmond Kim; assistant director, Deasy Buwana; casting, Delima Sianturi, Albet Fahmi. Reviewed at Busan Film Festival (A Window on Asian Cinema), Oct. 6, 2012. Running time: 122 MIN.

With

Atiqah Hasiholan, Rio Dewanto, Sapto Soetarjo, Kenes Andari, Verdi Solaiman, Khiva Iskak, Delsi loho, Tanti Nutan Muchtar, Ayu Wibowo. (Indonesian, Korean dialogue)

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