Finding a decent movie in Indonesia is like finding a needle in a hay sack. It’s close to impossible, but when you find it, it’s worth the search. Minggu Pagi di Victoria Park (Sunday Morning in Victoria Park) in my opinion is one of the few decent movie in Indonesia. Sets in downtown Hong Kong, the movie captures the life of Indonesian labor, especially women.
The main character of the movie is Mayang (Lola Amaria) who works in Hong Kong to search for Sekar (Titi Sjuman). Despite their hate for each other, Mayang still searched high and low for the troubled Sekar. The movie also captures the images of women labor overseas (or in this case, Hong Kong). Only few of the cast is a professional (and when I say professional, I meant those who ever act in front of the camera), but they all played their role naturally.
Unfortunately, I personally think that the movie lacks its “drama” for Mayang. In the movie, Mayang is quite fortunate compared to the negative image of Indonesian labors overseas. Some also say that Lola Amaria’s blank expression in her acting made Mayang so rigid, although I personally think that she played the role beautifully. Nevertheless, Lola Amaria succeeded in conveying Indonesian laboring overseas in her perspective.
This movie really worth the time (and money if you have to pay to watch) by Indonesian people, especially those who named the Indonesian labor by “Devisen Heroes”. Also, this movie is very suitable as a socialization medium for labor applicants who wants to work overseas, so that they can reconsider their decision, not just because of the salary in foreign currency. Therefore, I rank this movie 7,5 out of 10.