In “The Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly” you will find stories about disoriented identity, not knowing who you are, anxiety, uncertainty, the experience of being lost, told with a sense of humor. A father who is desperate to win a green card lottery, so the family can move to America. An ex-national badminton champion, whose husband leaves her for a Javanese wife. A Menado boy who constantly gets beaten up because everybody thinks that he is Chinese. A young girl who believes that Chinese firecrackers expel ghosts. Set within the contemporary social and racial tension of urban Indonesia, the story follows eight characters in their absurd journey to fit in within society in the hope to live better lives. Like a mosaic, this film is built from shattered pieces of colored glass. Delicate, fragile, beautiful. —IMDb
Art house cinema that elevates sensitivity, family disharmony traumatic, acute racism, minorities hostage, put the '98 tragedy that so threatens the development of oneself, which can not be denied is a very scary reality. Interestingly this is the Indonesian cinema I most warmly welcome.
As Venice winds down and Toronto revs up, US audiences are looking at a strange weekend at the movies. 9 and Crude (roundups) are