Parents' Guide to

Tersanjung the Movie

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Unlucky daughter must fix parents' wrongs; attempted rape.

Movie NR 2021 114 minutes
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Tersanjung the Movie has sweet moments, but lack of directing and writing skills, as well as bad lighting, slow plotting, and one-dimensional villains, often makes this feel like a cheap soap opera. (Turns out this was loosely adapted from a 1998 Indonesian TV soap opera.) Hats off to the actors who seem to be trying hard to salvage the project. Irrelevant scenes and unnecessary tangents are given long minutes of screen time without adding to the film's narrative at all. Halfway through the action, the lead actress pulls out a guitar and sings beautifully before an audience, her talent never having been mentioned before. Although her voice is lovely, the music plays no vital role in the plot. In a highly questionable choice, the director ends the movie with a brief and surprising scene in which an absent character makes a shocking reappearance. Rather than providing closure to one of the film's mysteries, the development poses a slew of unanswered questions as the credits roll. Will there be a sequel explaining it all?

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