A transvestite sex worker is confronted by the Muslim-raised teenage daughter he abandoned in Lovely Man, an absorbing meller by prolific Indonesian helmer Teddy Soeriaatmadja. Set over the course of an eventful night, this very well-performed examination of the fundamental importance of parent-child relationships impressively mixes tough talk with tender emotion. —Variety
Aside from some cheesy dialogues and the annoying preachy tendency, the film easily succeed to provoke emotional sentimentality. Stunning performances from the leads are its core. They're simply amazing.
"A transvestite sex worker is confronted by the Muslim-raised teenage daughter..." it's not that dramatic actually and mostly it's not about that. Verbal message contained in this film kinda bothering but well they are Father and daughter anyway. The premise reminds my to an FTV titled "Panggil Aku Puspa".
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