Rakib handles cleaning and other odd jobs in the home of Purna, a rich and influential former army general turned politician. Purna takes the young man under his wing, but the kindness comes with a price. Absolute obeisance is expected. Purna treats the surrounding locality and its people in the same manner as he does Rakib, as objects to be possessed rather than human beings. His concern for others extends only so far as they do his bidding.
Enraged over a defaced poster with his image on it, Purna turns to Rakib. With his connections among the working class, Rakib may be able to find the perpetrator. Rakib does as he is told and the repercussions of this act, along with warnings about Purna from Rakib's relatives, come back to haunt him in the worst way.
Autobiography employs natural light, odd camera angles, reflections, and close-ups to tell a compelling story about the seductive power that the wealthy have over innocence. There are, unfortunately, many parallels in the Indonesian experience as well as our own. Autobiography is the first feature film by Makbul Mubarak. I saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Drama / Thriller
Drama / Thriller
Rakib, an eighteen-year-old housekeeper, lives in a country house when Purna, the owner, suddenly returns. Purna, a retired general, declared himself a candidate in local mayoral elections, running a campaign focused on modernization and development. The village experienced frequent power outages, and Purna proposed building a new power plant - which would require many residents to give up their land. Because his father is in prison and his brother is working abroad, there is a father figure in Rakib's life which Purna fills. Purna makes Rakib his go-to man, a role the boy seems intent on taking-until a small act of vandalism infuriates Purna. He orders Rakib to track down the culprit, who is brutally punished for his crimes. Realizing that he is being absorbed into a culture of violence, Rakib tries to escape.
April 15, 2023 at 04:43 PM