A satirical comedy set in Jakarta about friendship, homosexuality, adultery and the shallowness of the nouveau riche, Arisan! caused quite a stir in Indonesia when it presented the first openly gay kiss between the two male leads.
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IMO, ARISAN is one of the finest movie in Indonesian cinema history. Nia Dinata and Joko Anwar is the perfect dynamic-duo to make a movie like this. Nia Dinata knows how to handle a woman character. While Mr. Anwar knows how to capture an issue in my country - Indonesia. Also he also knows how to make satire of it. The only flaw of ARISAN is in some parts it feels overlong. Shame, I watched this movie 14 years after.