Men and women being equal, being allowed to work, drive a car, going out without asking permission from the other gender or without being suppressed.
Nowadays, for most of us, it seems the most normal thing in the world. However, the latest work from Mouly Surya (Fiksi, What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love) proves again that this equality isn’t everywhere and that in some parts of the world, women still needs to fight for the things they want.
The battles for freedom and justice that are being fought in Marlina: The Murder of Four Acts are immensely tough but that’s what makes this movie a great one.
Still grieving from her miscarriage the year before, Marlina, Marsha Timothy (The Raid 2, Ritual), a women living in West Sumba, sadly has to deal with even more problems.
Her partner died recently and now she’s deep in debt, so life seems far from easy for her.
It goes from bad to worse when, one day, a certain Markus, Egy Fedly (Headshot, Satan’s Slaves), and his friends are knocking on her door claiming all her possessions and, sadly, also her body.
Being handled as a slave, being ordered to cook dinner for everyone and being raped, Marlina decides that’s enough and she takes her faith into her own hands.
After murdering everyone and decapitating Marcus, she’s determined to go to the police to file a sexual harassment complaint.
To make her statement extra powerful, she takes Marcus’ head with her on the bus.
However, her life and bus journey take unexpected turns when she meets Novi, Dea Panendra, a pregnant woman taking the same bus, and also finds out Marcus’s friends are coming for revenge.
Will there be justice for Marlina or will she always crash into the gender barrier, no matter how determined she is?
Marlina: The Murderer in Four Acts tell the story of a woman on a mission, fighting for what every woman deserves: being the boss over her own life.
As you already noticed from the title, the story of Marlina is told in four acts. Every act describes the next step of her trip.
Some of the moments are rough and hard to watch while others are quiet and show us the beautiful scenery.
However, it doesn’t matter how rough or how quiet the scenes are, Marlina: The Murderer in Four Acts will always grab your attention.
Marsha Timothy definitely knows how to act as Marlina, going through all the acts and emotions; anger, sadness, grief, but also happiness and friendship.
A whole range of emotions, that Timothy makes her own. Fedly is great as the fierce and ferocious Marcus, who clearly sees women as objects and definitely not as humans.
Thanks to Dea Panendra, and her wonderful and emotional performance, we are able to really feel the pain, abuse and unhappiness Novi is going through.
The combination of the astonishing cinematography and the very typical western soundtrack also made sure that we watched the whole movie with full attention.
Also the very relevant topics make Marlina: The Murderer in Four Acts a film you must catch at any opportunity you get.
The sexual abuse, the violence against women and the struggle of life make you aware that most of us do have a fairly good life.
Sometimes films like this make you think twice about your own life and the rest of us and that’s good. Never take your freedom and free will for granted and fight for it. That’s the biggest lesson Marlina: The Murderer in Four Acts teaches us.
So, should you watch Surya’s latest film? Of course you should! Who doesn’t want to see a great movie packed with emotions, portrayed by a fabulous cast and with very current topics? We definitely wanted to see it and you will too!