Billed as the first Indonesian lesbian feature, Nanang Istiabudi’s “Last Second” is sympathetic enough in that aspect, but confuses the message more than a little by overwhelming the protag with antidrug melodramatics of increasing “Reefer Madness” hysteria. Glossy effort proves almost as wearing for the viewer as for the actors death-marched through a dehydrating parade of sequences wherein no opportunity for screaming or sobbing is passed up. Offshore, well-intentioned but overly sensationalized effort will have some novelty value but not much commercial currency.
Poor little rich girl Regi (Cornelia Agatha) develops a butch demeanor as a shield against the emotional and physical violence between her neglectful, mutually cheating parents (Ari Sudarsono, Dewi Irawan). Eager for escapism, she graduates from clubbing and drinking to cocaine, then heroin, with Rajib (Mike Muliadro) both supplier and friend. He stays loyal even after Regi absconds with his junkie girlfriend Vela (Sausan). Eventually the two women are separated into two rehab facilities — one upscale, one hellish — though the tragic histrionics hardly stop there. Colorful package piles on over-the-top content (including gunplay, suicide, rape, prostitution). Numerous local music acts are showcased.