Habibie & Ainun (2012)

This is a biographical movie telling the love story of the former Indonesian president, B. J. Habibie and his one and only wife, the late Hasri Ainun Besari (later Ainun Habibie). Adapted from a book with the same title, written by Habibie himself, this movie takes the audience into a roller-coaster of emotion revolving around their life. Going back to the days when they were together in high school, the movie portrays further their life onwards up to the day Ainun passed away, which means this include the day they got married, moved to Germany, and then went back to Indonesia and the day Habibie became the vice president and later, the 3rd president of Indonesia.

“Habibie & Ainun” Movie Poster

The lead actor, Reza Rahadian, is one of the main reason I so badly wanted to see this movie. I saw him acted before in three different movies which I’ve come to like: Alangkah Lucunya (Negeri Ini), 3 Hati 2 Dunia 1 Cinta, and Tanda Tanya, and his performance in this movie haven’t change my opinion of how good he is as an actor. I never really saw him act like he was in the movie–he became a completely different person, with a different attitude and even the way he altered his intonation and articulation when he speak is brilliantly meticulous. Of course, I might be clouded by me being a fan of his already, but I do think it deserves an applause.

As for the lead actress, the prominent Indonesian actress Bunga Citra Lestari played Habibie’s wife, Ainun. I believe that Bunga (also known with her initial: BCL) is a very good and talented actress, and she did played Ainun wonderfully. My favorite scene is probably (SPOILER ALERT!) the one when she got homesick during the early years of her marriage with Habibie, and she tried to hold it back inside, but when her husband asked, she finally spilled and cried. Another one is the scenes when she got diagnosed with ovarian cancer and finally hospitalized. Probably one of the most touching scene throughout the movie, we could see a very strong connection between Habibie and his wife when he got anxious waiting outside the operation room and insisted to get inside and accompanied his wife because he thought she might be worried about him. Then when he finally got in after the operation, he asked gently what got Ainun worried sick. She weakly shook her head when he asked whether she felt any pain (there’s one more question but I forgot), but she finally nodded her head when he asked whether she’d been worried about him instead. Then he reassured her that he’d taken his meds (he was diagnosed with tuberculosis early in the movie, when he was still young). Most certainly, this got me and the girls sitting next to me sobbing badly. And the way BCL depicted Ainun’s last days on bed, when she got very sick that she could not talk and had to struggled hard to merely lift her hands was really touching and brought me into tears. However, I don’t think this movie has really shown the extent of what BCL could do with her act. For me, at least, it’s not enough.

Reza Rahadian as Habibie & BCL as Ainun

One thing that got me pretty disappointed is the lack of a full portrayal of the time when Habibie got involved in politics and then elected as the vice-president to the late Soeharto. All we see is Habibie got home one day after the night before promising Ainun a cruise trip, telling her that they might have to delay that because he’s gonna be the vice president of Indonesia. Of course, later I remembered that this is a story of both Habibie AND Ainun, not just Habibie himself, but still, I was hoping they would show more of his journey of becoming the vice president. But again, I haven’t really read the book itself, Habibie & Ainun, so I don’t really know whether Habibie also wrote a lot about that one as well or not.

But overall, I really enjoy the movie, and despite usually preferring other movies than a cliché and cheesy romance, I’d definitely looking forward to buy the DVD later. …or maybe I again got clouded by this idea that no matter how cheesy these romances are, they did happened for real.

I’m not sure whether this is a movie guys would want to see because I know several guys who did watched it and liked it, and I also know those who lacked interest in watching it (which made it so hard for me to find companion to watch it), but I’d definitely recommend this movie.

FYI, this movie is delivered in two different languages: Bahasa Indonesia and Germany, but movies like this usually got me in doubt of how good the foreign language is in the movie (in this case, the Germany language), so I don’t know whether the Germany spoken by Indonesians in the movie a natural, good Germany or a broken one instead, but considering the frequency of the language spoken (which is a lot), I’d assumed that it has to be quite good, at least.

P.S. Oh, and this is definitely a tearjerker.

2012 Book Resolution

I’m currently in Bali, and I’ve been telling myself to start blogging about my days in Bali, yet have also been procrastinating so far, so I thought I’ll just write something in between.

So earlier today, my mom’s friends and I have been relaxing in the hotel, as we’ve occupied ourselves in the previous days with heaps and heaps of activities. So today’s theme is definitely relaxing. Then later today, finally we went out shopping (well, most of us) in Kuta Square, and so my mum and I went inside Matahari in Kuta Square only to draw some cash from the ATM machine. Apparently, as we strolled along, we passed Times.

Oh the stupid nerd, geek, silly old me.

Just in case you have no idea what is Times or what ‘Times‘ I’m talking about, Times is a bookstore.


A bookstore selling only imported books, and most of them are English.

UH-OH with big letters.

So why it mattered?

Because that’s where my mum had to suffer and stuck with me for a while as I spent hours browsing with hungry eyes, the books and novels.

Lord sweet Lord, they have Coelho’s By The River of Piedra I Sat Down and Wept!

My mum left me for a while to do some window shopping, and by the time she got back, I still haven’t finished.

Oh, seriously, like she doesn’t know me at all.

So as she waited impatiently, I finally ended up buying Coelho’s and boy, they have Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro too!

I swear I was jumping in excitement–literally–in Times.

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Now I’m taking a short break in The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf near Matahari, and while I was browsing the internet, opening facebook, resuming my downloads, I also remembered that earlier in Times I saw a novel that seemed interesting. Yet, because I’ve never heard of the title, nor the author alone, I decided it would be quite risky to buy it. I’d probably get disappointed–especially because the book is quite expensive, considering I already had two books in my hand, and I had not the slightest intention to let them go.

So, if I should make any New Year’s resolution, the only resolution that I would make is probably a new reading list. It’s the least I can do, considering I’m an excellent procrastinator. I can tell myself that I’d definitely stop scratching my pimples, or stop cutting my hair, but I don’t even have the faith in myself. With books and novels, it’s different. At least, out of–let’s say… 10 books, I could at least make 7 by the end of next year. So here goes my list for books that I want to have, or at least read:

  • Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw

    This is the book that I saw earlier in Times, and then browsed in the internet for the review. The review and summary quite interest me, so I thought I’d give it a try. Maybe next time I go to Times. Or I could always find the ebook. Perhaps anyone who’d ever read this can confirm how good this book is?
  • Any book by Jostein Gaarder
    He’s definitely my favorite author, and I would love any of his book. ANY.
  •  The Year Living Dangerously by Christopher Koch

    Watched the movie, and now getting curious of the  novel.
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

    A friend told me about this book after a vivid conversation about books that we like. Apparently we have something in common: we both like similar themes about cross-cultural understanding. And then she gave me this title.
  •  Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

    As I wrote my Bird by Bird journal, a blogger friend recommended this book to me. As I’m making it a habit to read things that are recommended and offered to me, this book is definitely on my list.
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

    I thought this one is also by Lamott, but as I googled it, apparently Natalie Goldberg wrote it instead. My Safari’s still loading while I’m gathering information about this book, but similar to Traveling Mercies, this was also recommended by a fellow blogger when she read my Bird by Bird journal.
  • Daughters of Shame by Jasvinder Sanghera

    I was considering this book before I finally bought Ugly by Constance Briscoe. This one seems interesting, and this is also related with the cross-cultural theme that I’m into, so I’m not crossing this out yet.
  • Room by Emma Donoghue

    This too, was into the consideration before I bought Ugly. I saw this one as well earlier in Times, but oh well, Coelho won. I just need to save some more money to buy this one later. Perhaps someone could give me more teaser about this book?
  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene

    Another recommendation by a friend. She saw me reading Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao, followed by a conversation, ended up with me telling her that I want to get my hands on Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley (got the book already now, thanks to Danielle), and then she told me about this book. Still on my list!
  • Juktaposisi: Cerita tuhan mati by Calvin Michel Sidjaja

    A recommendation from a friend as well. As soon as he found out that I’m also interested in themes revolving in religion/agnosticism/atheism (which should explains why I love Gaarder’s The Castle in the Pyrenees so much), he told me about this philosophical book.
  • 170.8 FM Radio Negeri Biru by F. X. Rudy Gunawan

    Recommended by the same friend who told me about Juktaposisi. Reading the review, I suppose this one is also philosophical. About God. About life. Not crossing this one out.
  •  Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

    Reading the plot summary in Wikipedia (didn’t finish reading, though), this seems like a heartbreaking story. And a tearjerker as well. I usually love stories with intense emotions. But I usually avoid tearjerker as well. Not that I hate it, it’s just… I’d usually prefer to avoid it. As a proof, even after several months possessing Flags of Our Fathers, the book that I’ve been dreading and dreading for months, I still haven’t touched it. Because I know my eyes would swell just like when I was watching the movie Iris. By the end of the movie, you could see a huge pile of tissue next to my bed, and ON my bed as well. I’d probably read this after I read the other books.

I think that would be all. I’d probably update it once I got another recommendation. But whew! Now that I finished the list, I finally realized how long it actually is! Not to mention I still want to collect Phillipa Gregory’s books. Now how the hell should I actually accomplish this resolution?