Magazine article Screen International

'A Copy of My Mind': Review

Magazine article Screen International

'A Copy of My Mind': Review

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Dir/scr: Joko Anwar. Indonesia/South Korea. 2015. 116mins

Prominent Indonesian filmmaker Joko Anwar (The Forbidden Door) collaborates with South Korea's CJ Entertainment on his latest feature A Copy of My Mind, which is set Jakarta and tells the story of young couple who fall in love but end up in trouble when the woman steals a DVD from a client. Both affecting and absorbing in equal measure, A Copy Of My Mind shirks melodrama to explore the difficulties faced by those living in a city marred by political corruption.

Having secured slots in Venice, Toronto and Busan - where last year, it won the CJ Entertainment award at the APM (Asian Project Market) - this film's continued journey on the festival circuit remains bright, though further exposure beyond festivals could be limited to arthouse channels.

Tara Basro (Killers) plays Sari, a beauty-salon worker who spends her evenings at home in a cramped and dark room watching pirated films. Meanwhile, Alek (Chicco Jerikho), works on a meagre wage producing the subtitles for these illegal DVDs. Given the number of titles he has to complete in one night, they're hastily put together.

When Sari complains and demands an exchange because of the poor subtitling, she is forwarded to Alek in the DVD shop. When Alek later sees her steal another DVD, he confronts her. Before too long, Sari and Alek are watching films together at his home, and a romance blossoms.

Sari, meanwhile, has found a new job at a more upmarket beauty salon, but she grows impatient watching her colleagues giving facial treatments. …

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