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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

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Indonesia, Indonesia France Malaysia Thailand
Indonesian
Intense, Suspenseful, Thrilling
2017
Female director, Mouly Surya
Anggun Priambodo, Ayez Kassar, Dea Panendra
93 min

Synopsis

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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
The Staff

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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