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where women are con­cerned. He has never trusted women and has al­ways been be­trayed by them. And he feels that his brother is set­ting him­self up for the same fate,” ex­plained the 35-year-old.

Pi­etra re­veals that Mikail’s char­ac­ter has what psy­chol­o­gists call “bor­der­line per­son­al­ity dis­or­der”.

“What I’m hop­ing is that when peo­ple watch this, they have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what this con­di­tion en­tails. Find out a lit­tle bit more about their prob­lem, don’t cast them out or treat them like a plague,” he said.

The bach­e­lor party

Cre­ative di­rec­tor Khairil M Ba­har, 33, en­vi­sioned his seg­ment to be about a bunch of friends talk­ing.

“I’ve al­ways been a fan of di­a­logue with the cam­era mov­ing con­stantly. I like those sit­u­a­tions where you have a bunch of bud­dies talk­ing and there are no lies be­tween them,” said Khairil, cit­ing Amer­i­can film­maker/pro­ducer Kevin Smith ( Clerks, Mall­rats, Dogma) as one of his in­spi­ra­tions.

Khairil’s seg­ment talks about the seeds of doubt planted in Adam’s head at his bach­e­lor party by his friends as they share their opin­ions on how much things change when you get mar­ried.

In many ways, he drew ex­pe­ri­ence from his own life when film­ing his seg­ment.

“I would al­ways hang out and play pool with a friend of mine, but af­ter he got mar­ried we stopped do­ing that.”

“It’s to­tally un­der­stand­able, we both haven’t got the time to do that any­more. But that was kind of the im­pe­tus for my seg­ment,” said Khairil.

The ex-girl­friend

Di­rec­tor Lim Benji’s seg­ment is filmed in the found footage genre, where we learn that be­fore Adam was Brenda’s fi­ance, he was the boyfriend of Brenda’s house­mate Nu­rul (Ani Ju­liana Ibrahim).

The found footage seg­ment shows Adam doc­u­ment­ing a sur­prise date he had planned for Nu­rul. Through this blast from the past, we dis­cover how Adam treated re­la­tion­ships in the past.

Lim said that he got the idea for his seg­ment af­ter hav­ing din­ner with his dad.

“I was ac­tu­ally tex­ting an old flame of mine while we were eat­ing and my dad asked me who I was tex­ting. I told him who it was and how there isn’t any­thing go­ing on any­more, and he said: “She has a younger sis­ter right? Never mind! Older sis­ter can­not tackle, you tackle the younger sis­ter!”

“And so the first draft of the script essen­tially told the story of how Adam was ini­tially go­ing out with Brenda’s older sis­ter. But as I had more dis­cus­sions with my writer, Priya Ku­lasagaran, the script evolved to Adam’s ex be­ing Brenda’s room­mate rather than sis­ter,” said the 29-year-old di­rec­tor.

The cou­ple

Cuak is Shamaine Oth­man’s first di­rect­ing gig, and her seg­ment is the most nat­u­ral­is­tic in com­par­i­son with the oth­ers. The au­di­ence is brought into the cou­ple’s per­sonal space and we see how they func­tion in the re­la­tion­ship.

“My style of writ­ing is that I write what I know. I’ve been in re­la­tion­ships where ev­ery­thing was go­ing fine and then one day you have a dis­cus­sion or ar­gu­ment which throws ev­ery­thing off bal­ance,” the 30-year-old di­rec­tor. When writ­ing the script for her seg­ment, Shamaine looked at life around her to find in­spi­ra­tion.

“I chose con­ver­sion as the topic of the fight be­cause I was in a re­la­tion­ship where the guy would have to con­vert if he wanted to marry me,” she said “The sub­ject of con­ver­sion is close to me be­cause I am the prod­uct of mixed parent­age so it’s very much part of my life,” added Shamaine.

Cuak opens at cine­mas na­tion­wide on Feb 14.

Mikail (Tony eu­soff), adam’s half-brother, in­stantly dis­trusts brenda and be­lieves that she will be­tray adam the way Mikail’s ex-lover be­trayed him. Still from Tony Pi­etra ar­juna’s seg­ment ti­tled Is­sues.

Film­maker Lim benji’s Theex piece sees adam (Ghafir ak­bar) and nu­rul (ani Ju­liana Ibrahim) in flash­back mode.

adam (Ghafir ak­bar) and his best friends hang out and play pool at his bach­e­lor party in Khairil M ba­har’s swing­ing The­bach­e­lorParty part.

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