Little Lana was 3 years old when she was abandoned, alone in the Zoo. Raised by a giraffe trainer, the Zoo is the only world she knows. Until one day, a charming magician arrives and Lana finds her love, for she is ready to leave.
Embrace your inner animal in this dreamily morphing Indonesian film that competed in the Berlinale. Using Jakarta’s zoo as a cinematic playground—akin to Jia Zhangke’s amusement park-centered The World—for animals, magic, and love, whimsical mythology turns to longing as a girl turns into an adult.
When the men at the "massage parlor" are being washed, pampered and treated mechanically and with condescendence by an expert handler, just like the animals in the zoo, I felt a sudden tenderness and compassion, like I almost wanted to pet them.
A novel attempt. Surreal feel. But at times enigmatic. Parallels between the zoo and massage parlour are well driven home. But the middle part, with the magician, is what I couldn't follow. Can anyone explain?
It starts like a documentary with only animals and this little girl. Then it becomes something more like a tale with a strange magician. That's the middle part, the weakest. But in the end you see how human changed the world into what it is : violence, corruption, prostitution, even the zoo has lost its magical nature. Quite a strange object.
This movie is a delight, even more so than 'Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly'. The premise could have gone in so many different directions, but the one Edwin chose was perfect. Aspects of magic realism, though mainly it's a coming of age story. At times the cinematography is stunning, would love to see this on a big screen. 4.1
Le zoo de Jakarta est-il un lieu magique ? Pour l'héroïne qui y a grandi, à coup sûr. Dans une ambiance nonchalante et sur des images soignées, l'histoire décrit d'abord cette curieuse cohabitation de divers groupes animaux et humains, avec de beaux moments de grâce. Elle devient moins originale et intéressante quand Lana quitte le zoo avec "son" magicien. La girafe reste quand même un joli fil conducteur (3,5 / 5).