This film is brilliant and perfectly matched to its actors. The score by Maurice Jarre almost, but not quite, eclipses the real star of the film, the Indonesia of the movie's timeframe.
Dreamy, brilliantly shot in the countryside and crowded 1960s Jakarta, and yet tautly real, the film overwhelms the senses yet is precise and sensitive on a large canvas. The ominousness of political events-- Sukarno's rise to power-- unfolds against an atmosphere so evocative that I forgot myself in the first few frames of the film.
Only Weir's equally evocative film _Fearless_ plumbs the same rich depths this brilliant, perfectly-realized film does.
More than 5 stars. A superb film that will make you forget yourself and remember its haunting themes, and very real human players in a drama beyond the scale of any of their lives.