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NR,1hr 44min
November 13, 2001
Christine Hakim Film
Synopsis: Whispering Sands takes place on the island of East Java, and stars Indonesian superstar Christine Hakim as a village midwife who sells traditional herbs to augment her living. She and her willful teenage daughter, Daya (Dian Sastrowardoyo), have fled to a tiny, sand-swept village to escape political violence. Daya's father, Agus, has been missing for years, and Daya, lonely and isolated, dreams of his return. When he finally does return, broke and in debt to a vicious loan shark, the family is forced ... Full Synopsis
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Directed by Nan Achnas, Indonesia's most prominent woman director, Whispering Sands has an enchanted, dreamlike atmosphere, owing partly to its setting and partly to the fable-like story it tells. Achnas films the East Java desert as if it were itself a living thing, and many of her widescreen landscape shots of shifting sands and swirling dust storms are both gorgeous and haunting. The film is filled ... Read Review
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