Silenced

Scrolling through my drafts tonight and I wonder why I left this one hanging unposted. But still worth sharing so here we go. Probably wrote this in early 2017.

I initially never heard of this movie before, since it came out in 2011 when I wasn’t much of a movie freak yet. It bugged me after I had a huge crush on Gong Yoo regarding his recent role in Goblin; that I later managed to download several movies he’d played in.

Even Train to Busan that my friends had recommended me to watch half a year ago didn’t catch my attention until I found out yesterday that Gong Yoo was the main actor.

Ok let’s move on to Silenced.

It’s a movie adapted from a book written by Gong Ji Yong which originally titled as The Crucible. It brought back real issue of sexual abuse case towards deaf-students at a special school in South Korea which had reached its statute of limitation.

Kids who couldn’t even hear and speak were sexually harrased and physically abused, and even one of them was killed.

Upon distributed in theaters on September 2011, the movie received massive attention from citizens.

The film sparked public outcry over lenient court rulings, prompting police to reopen the case and lawmakers to introduce bills for the human rights of the vulnerable.

Quoting a nice sentence from wikipedia (don’t hate me for this but whatever) with credible source at the bottom of this post, which also link you to a more comprehensive understanding on the issue discussed.

Ini yang disebut karya yang menggerakkan. Meski setelah bertahun-tahun keadilan baru ditegakkan, siapa yang mengira itu bisa terjadi karena sebuah film? Bahkan aktivis HAM sudah berusaha keras sejak kasus itu pertama menyeruak, dan buku tersebut sudah dua tahun ditulis sebelum diadaptasi jadi film, tapi yang menyedot jutaan mata tak bisa dipungkiri adalah film ini.

Industri film memang selalu menarik untuk disimak.

Source: “Sexual abuse of disabled, vulnerable, or Dead people on the rise” Yonhap News. 29 September 2011.

Lady Bird

Mungkin bagi sebagian orang, film ini biasa aja dan plotnya terlalu sederhana. Tapi buatku lady bird adalah portrayal kisah hidup seorang remaja cewe dengan alur yang mampu menonjolkan karakter dan cara berpikir dia, menyodorkan juga tentang pengaruh keluarga, lingkungan, dan pengambilan keputusan terhadap jalan hidup dia. Pas banget aku lagi baca Outliers.

Yang menarik dari karakter Christine menurutku her overwhelming confidence. The typical that doesn’t wait. She goes for what she wants. For example: she doesn’t waste time when she likes a guy and hit on him right away. She made the first move. And even when things were not happening as she expected, she moved on quickly. She’d be stubborn and made mistakes. She learned to admit her failure and made sure to sincerely apologize.

This movie is so honest. Pure youth, perhaps? It’s like watching someone’s real life through her perspective.

I’m quoting her line when she cried with disappointment towards Kyle after her first intercourse:

“Who the fuck is on top their first time?!”

And to be honest, I cried three times watching this movie.

Ini review yang menurutku cukup wholesome kalau tertarik baca: https://thebaffler.com/latest/the-miseducation-of-lady-bird-oyler