Position Among the Stars

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  • Summary: Twelve years ago, Dutch filmmaker Retel Helmrich decided to visit Indonesia, the birthplace of his Dutch father and Indonesian mother, looking for inspiration. The trip ignited his fascination with the country and he started filming the Shamshudin family living in a Jakarta slum. He followedTwelve years ago, Dutch filmmaker Retel Helmrich decided to visit Indonesia, the birthplace of his Dutch father and Indonesian mother, looking for inspiration. The trip ignited his fascination with the country and he started filming the Shamshudin family living in a Jakarta slum. He followed them as the country shook off the rule of president Suharto, experienced a rise of Islamic power and eventually nascent democracy, corruption and a widening income gap. (HBO Films) Collapse

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  1. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Sep 13, 2011
    90
    An eloquently shot and closely observed documentary about a poor family in modern-day Indonesia.
  2. Reviewed by: Seth Colter Walls
    Sep 13, 2011
    90
    Leonard Retel Helmrich's third documentary about the same Indonesian family is a dazzler in at least a couple ways.
  3. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Sep 13, 2011
    80
    As with his previous pics about the brood, Dutch-Indonesian helmer Leonard Retel Helmrich deploys an expressionistic, quasi-soap-opera approach to produce striking results, thanks especially to use of Steadicam. But the protagonists seem to be playing to the cameras more this time round, making "Stars" a less charming effort than earlier installments.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 14, 2011
    80
    Engrossing, poetic and often very funny, "Position," like its predecessors, uses the lens of a single family to view the tumult of an entire country.

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