Mahmud , a 60 years-old Hilal ( A New Moon that indicated a beginning of Ramadhan/Fasting month)-seeker and Heli ; his long-estranged son must accompanying each other in a road trip even though they didn’t look like they have same kind of situation.
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A kind of religious film that poking fun at its own genre. There are some not so believable moments out there like the questionable attitude of that Nicaragua aid worker. But the laugh-out-loud preachy moments in the beginning of this Indonesian version of Ismail Farroukhi's Le Grand Voyage also Heli's hilarious facial expressions along the way make up for it.
i like the ending, but i've seen an ending like that too much as far as i can remember. sooner or later, that kind of ending is going to be a trend. FYI, actually what i meant is the closing shot of the ending.
Salah satu film Indonesia terbaik yang pernah saya tonton. Sebuah film religi yang tidak berakhir menggurui. Dibalut dengan cerita ayah-anak yang hangat serta chemistry love-hate antara Deddy Sutomo dan Oka Antara yang keren.
Premisnya adalah: "segala sesuatunya sudah ditentukan Allah". Begitupun Mencari Hilal: ialah yang jalan ditunjukkan kepada si Bapak untuk menemukan (si) Hilal yang telah lama hilang. Lima bintang untuk peran konservatif si Bapak yang sedemikian literalnya.
This hits too close to home. I can feel the uneasiness that went through Heli's head whenever his father began lecturing others. A parent can be worlds apart ideologically from their child, but love can always mold itself into strange forms to fill the void between them.