Aban­doned and abused

Tear­jerker Su­rat Ke­cil Un­tuk Tuhan is about hold­ing on to love in a hope­less place.

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Su­rat Ke­cil Un­tuk Tuhan Di­rec­tor: Fa­jar Bus­tomi

Cast: Bunga Ci­tra Les­tari, Joe Taslim, Bima Azriel, Iz­zati Khansa, Aura Kasih, Luk­man Sardi

HOW far would you go to find a miss­ing per­son? In­done­sian drama Su­rat Ke­cil Un­tuk Tuhan dives deep into the preva­lent prob­lem of street chil­dren be­ing ex­ploited for money in the big city.

It fo­cuses on the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of or­phan sib­lings An­ton (Bima Azriel) and An­gel (Iz­zati Khansa) as they are forced into a syn­di­cate run by abu­sive “care­taker” Rudy (Luk­man Sardi).

If they don’t get enough money for the day, Rudy has no prob­lem dunk­ing their heads into a bar­rel of water. Yes, on top of be­ing tragic story about in­no­cence lost, Su­rat Ke­cil Un­tuk Tuhan is also a dis­tress­ing movie where poor kids go through a lot of suf­fer­ing.

Pre­pare your­self for tons of sad scenes like when lit­tle An­gel writes to God ask­ing to be free from Rudy’s clutches. Cue the wa­ter­works.

Well, good news is An­gel gets what she asks for.

She gets adopted by a lov­ing fam­ily and grows up to be a pas­sion­ate hu­man rights lawyer (now played by Bunga Ci­tra Les­tari).

She is en­gaged to Martin (Joe Taslim), a doc­tor who is im­pos­si­bly per­fect.

The bad news is, while An­gel es­caped the clutches of Rudy, An­ton was stuck with Rudy.

Haunted by guilt, An­gel leaves the com­fort of her cushy life and em­bark on a har­row­ing search to be re­united with her brother.

This is where the movie be­comes an en­gag­ing watch as we fol­low An­gel on her jour­ney. You’ll be glued to your seat just to find out if An­gel and An­ton ever get a happy end­ing.

There is a dream-like qual­ity to the way the city looks and it’s sad to think that some chil­dren do not have the lux­ury of en­joy­ing their child­hood.

Su­rat Ke­cil Un­tuk Tuhan iron­i­cally com­ple­ments its tragic el­e­ments with gor­geous hues of flu­o­res­cent lights il­lu­mi­nat­ing the city.

How­ever Su­rat Ke­cil Un­tuk Tuhan hits a snag when it tries to ex­plore one too many is­sues.

Af­ter it is done with the tragic el­e­ments, the movie moves to the court­room.

This is where the movie turns into a slug­gish court­room drama with An­gel mak­ing sure Rudy gets his pun­ish­ment.

Then, it tries to make you pon­der about the dis­par­ity be­tween the rich and the less for­tu­nate. Here, it comes off a bit preachy.

As a re­sult, Su­rat Ke­cil Un­tuk Tuhan feels like a tragedy on steroids; there is just too much go­ing on which makes it an ex­haust­ing watch.

If you could get through it all, then Su­rat Ke­cil Un­tuk Tuhan is per­haps just what you need as a re­al­ity check.

If you need a rea­son to be grate­ful for what you have, then this movie gives you all the right an­swers.

It also makes you won­der if we are all born equal and sadly, judg­ing from the way life un­rav­els in Su­rat Ke­cil Un­tuk Tuhan ... the an­swer is no.

— Pho­tos: GSC Movies

Time to change your sham­poo, An­gel?

‘Ooops. We missed our stop again.’

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