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Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

A film by Mouly Surya

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In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina, a young widow, is attacked and robbed for her cattle. To defend herself, she kills several men of the gang. Seeking justice, she goes on a journey for empowerment and redemption. But the road is long, especially when the ghost of her headless victim begins to haunt her.

"A revenge fantasy rooted in Indonesia's gender conditions, complex regional culture and the stark beauty of its landscapes. At once tightly controlled and simmering with righteous fury, it’s gorgeously lensed, atmospherically scored and moves inexorably toward a gratifying payoff." —Variety

"A thoroughly enjoyable, visually ravishing feminist Western played out in the widescreen vistas of rural Indonesia, MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS weaves basic elements into a tale worth telling splendidly accompanied by a sit-up-and-take-notice musical score." —ScreenDaily 

"Surya seems to have the makings for a kind of feminist Western here, with Marlina fleeing across the sun-baked landscape, on horseback at one point. She is, like so many classic gunslingers, a killer by circumstance, a desperado with an honourable cause." —CinemaScope

2017 Cannes International Film Festival, Director's Fortnight
2017 Toronto International Film Festival
2017 Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, Switzerland
2017 New Horizons Film Festival, Poland

93 minutes / Color
English subtitles
Release: 2017

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Asia, Death and Dying, Drama, Feminism, Indonesia, Narrative, Revenge, Southeast Asia, Vengeance, Western, Women

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