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Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts(Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak)

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Indonesia, France, Malaysia · 2017
1h 33m
Director Mouly Surya
Starring Marsha Timothy, Yoga Pratama, Dea Panendra, Egy Fedly
Genre Thriller, Drama

In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina, a young widow, is attacked, raped and robbed for her cattle. To defend herself, she kills several men of the gang. Seeking justice, she goes on a journey for empowerment and redemption, but the road is long, especially when the ghost of her headless victim begins to haunt her.

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The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

It’s a small, offbeat movie, punctuated by bursts of terrible violence but also infused with a winning strain of deadpan humor that’s not too far removed from Jim Jarmusch.


The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

At once an enjoyable genre ride and a feminist art house story, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts might send some heads rolling but has its own head firmly on its shoulders.


The Seattle Times by Brent McKnight

With a Morricone-inspired score, gorgeous cinematography that screams to be witnessed on a big screen, and bleak humor, this film’s tightly executed, meticulously controlled surface barely contains the seething fury within.


Slant Magazine by Clayton Dillard

The film is enlivened by an acute grasp of the impossibilities that abused Indonesian women face in a society predicated on their continued physical and emotional subjugation to men.


Screen International by Lisa Nesselson

A thoroughly enjoyable, visually ravishing feminist Western played out in the widescreen vistas of rural Indonesia, Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts weaves basic elements into a tale worth telling splendidly accompanied by a sit-up-and-take-notice musical score.


Variety by Maggie Lee

At once tightly controlled and simmering with righteous fury, it’s gorgeously lensed, atmospherically scored and moves inexorably toward a gratifying payoff.


The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Working with the cinematographer Yunus Pasolang, Ms. Surya gives “Marlina” a stark, steady, captivating look that keeps you largely engaged even when the story and your attention drift.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Eventually, the drama closes in on itself and attains the logic of a dream, though a dream that dissipates quickly on waking.

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