Emma' (Mother)


Contemporary World Cinema | 2016 | 77 minutes

Stranger Says:

A pregnant Indonesian housewife must hold her bustling Muslim family together after her husband pulls a world-class dick move. Drawing inspiration from classic melodramas, this 1950s period piece may play its cards close to the vest, but the emotions still come through and detonate at unexpected times, particularly during the byplay between the title character (a luminous Cut Mini) and her rapidly maturing son. A story of small gestures and subtle textures, with a resolution that feels just right. And, man alive, check out all those glorious shots of food.


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Film Credits
Riri Riza
Cut Mini, Christoffer Nelwan, Arman Dewarti, Jajang C. Noer
SIFF 2017