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Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)

An Asian-Western revenge flick with a sharp feminist edge

Drama, Thriller, Western

7.5

movie

Indonesia, Indonesia France Malaysia Thailand

Indonesian

Intense, Suspenseful, Thrilling

2017

Female director, Mouly Surya

Anggun Priambodo, Ayez Kassar, Dea Panendra

93 min

Synopsis

After encountering a group of bandits with plans to rape and steal from her, a young widow ventures into the wilderness in search of justice.

Our Take

7.5
Renee Cuisia

There is a lot to admire about this revenge film from director Mouly Surya—the breathtaking shots of rural Indonesia, the grisly practicality of the titular Marlina, the relevant observations on gender politics, and the simple yet stylistic way all of this is revealed. Fans of Westerns and Spaghetti Westerns are also treated with an Eastern reimagining of tropes as the film exchanges long guns for Kabeala knives and sprawling deserts for tropical hills.

Packed with so many delights, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is a near-impossible miss. But if you somehow find none of this gripping, you can always rely on the sure thrill of seeing scorned women bloodily and rightfully avenge themselves. 

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