Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)- 9/10

An Australian journalist begins his first foreign assignment in revolutionary Indonesia, assisted by a mysterious Indonesian photographer dwarf, and conducting a romance with an English woman.

The film describes excellently the ex-pat community but the most interesting element is the relationship between the journalist and his Indonesian friend, who behaves with an unusual mixture of kindness and egoism.

The film is very good at touching on the "unknowability" of others: this theme of "unknowability" can be seen as extended to an entire country.

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