Yuni is a young girl on the threshold of adulthood. She is about to graduate from high school, and must make the most difficult decision of her life: Will she pursue higher education, or accept one of the marriage proposals lining up in front of her? Yuni is an intimate portrait of the emotional and social struggles of gender roles, the painfully narrow roles they allow, and of those who dare to be different, in the strongly conservative and patriarchal society of rural Indonesia.
In some ways, this is a familiar story – a coming-of-age tale of a girl going against the disempowering conventions of society, all while navigating the typical trials and tribulations of teenagedom – but for Yuni, the stakes are so much higher. The choices she makes, on the precipice of her sixteenth year, could make or break her entire life. The film is a meditative and sensitive contemplation on Yuni’s world and her place in it, presenting its perspective simply and with a deeply familiar touch through the eyes of a teenage girl.
One of the most refreshing things about Yuni is that it has no true villains. Its characters are each in their unique ways trapped by the society they all co-exist in, and the film treats their various missteps with great compassion. It similarly avoids a preachy tone. director Kamila Andini’s sombre camerawork and limited use of music gives the film a profound realism that sets the stage for a multifaceted and insightful conversation on Indonesia’s social ills.
Kamila Andini (b. 1986) is an award-winning Indonesian filmmaker who has quickly established herself as a strong voice in her home country's film industry. At last year's Film from the South festival, all her feature films were shown, including Yuni, which had its world premiere to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2021.
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Original title Yuni
Director Kamila Andini
Screenplay Kamila Andini, Prima Rusdi
Cinematography Gay Hian Teoh
Producer Chand Parwez Servie, Fran Borgia, Philippe Gompel, Birgit Kemner
Cast Arawinda Kirana, Kevin Ardillova, Asmara Abigail, Dimas Aditya, Marissa Anita
Production Company Fourcoulours Films, StarVision Plus, Akanga Film Productions, Manny Films
Runtime 1h 35m
Age limit 15
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