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Another Trip to The Moon - Wellington Film Society

When:

Tue 19 Sep 2017, 6:15pm–7:35pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

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Ismail Basbeth, Indonesia, 2015, 80 minutes
Rating: PG

Indonesian myths are updated via the magic of widescreen digital in director/co-writer Ismail Basbeth's quietly beguiling debut Another Trip to the Moon. Accessibly exotic in its initial evocations of a timeless idyll, the picture throws a couple of bold narrative curve-balls as it builds towards a satisfying, enigmatic finale.

The screenplay almost entirely dispenses with dialogue, apart from a handful of whispery and unsubtitled incantations. But it's not hard to work out what's going on. Early stretches depict a pair of graceful lovers — identified in the credits as Asa (Tara Basro) and Laras (Ratu Anandita) — enjoying an idealized, atavistic hunter-gathering lifestyle in a placid forest, with Asa particularly handy with a bow-and-arrow.

Moving between reality, fantasy, dream, hallucination and symbolic representation, Basbeth crafts a strangely alluring form of sensual fairy-tale in which quotidian objects and places take on magical qualities. It's essentially a character-study of the impassively self-possessed Asa, with Basro seldom off-screen as a young woman capable of moving between epochs with a natural, animal poise.

- Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

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