A lover of stories.
My ratings are subjective and should not be trusted.
You get PTSD! You get PTSD! Everyone gets PTSD!
Devastating from beginning to end.
Very well-shot and well-scored.
I love how it doesn’t romanticize the war. Everyone suffers and there’s truly no winner.
Not gonna revisit this again, though. Really hard to watch and would always make me super angry.
To understand what war brings (through both fiction and real news) and STILL do it to this day is beyond me and fills me with rage every time.
Fuck all wars and fuck war-enablers!
Growing up is just so hard
Building relationships (be it friendship/ family/ romantic), figuring things out, being a good person, all of that are hard.
Things are confusing, the future’s unclear, you want to be nice to people but sometimes your day is shit, you don’t know who you are what you want what to do
Sometimes you have to let go of things that you love or want because you know that it can’t be or it’s just time…
In 95 minutes, it successfully covers a lot of important things, and none of them felt forced/ unnatural/ misplaced.
Child marriage, stigma of women and sex, abusive marriage, non-existent sex education, gender identity, education, and even environmentalism at one point.
I can see that they cover those issues not just for the sake of being “woke” and ticking all the boxes of “hot issues”.
Yuni handles each issue with care, showing the reality of Indonesia in such a natural way…
Everyone wants to make movies about important social issues, so it’s very hard to avoid making cliché tropes or superficial/ shallow portrayals.
However, Joyland successfully handles so much about repression and desire in a conservative society (being women, men, queers, even elders) with understanding, care, and subtlety/ elegance.
Joyland successfully portrays how internalized patriarchal values affect even the best of intentions/ the kindest people and harm everyone, including the “powerful” men.
The characters are not defined just by their identity…