Hailed as “one of the best Indonesian movies of the year”, The Talisman uncovers supernatural mysticism in modern day Java.
Since childhood, Bejo was always in the company of his grandmother and the mysterious Rohman. The moment he falls in love, he discovers that his grandmother is dying. Through his childhood dealings with the occult, Bejo must make the ultimate sacrifice to show his devotion to his family.
The Talisman proposes an interesting take on the alternative spirituality of Indonesia, particularly of Java. Though known and apparent, these otherworldly examples of Indonesian beliefs were denied from representation in cinema due to the government’s recognition of only six “official” religions during the New Order. Yielding enchanting imagery with ethereal rhythm, director Hari Suhariyadi highlights a much more authentic side of Indonesian culture, conveying a surreal horror that deserves to be seen.
Cast & Credits
Hari Suhariyadi, a graduate of the Jakarta Arts Institute, is among the first generation of filmmakers in Post-Reformation Indonesia. Since Pachinko & Everyone’s Happy (2000), his first feature, he has directed six other films, ranging from children’s films to horror flicks, with The Talisman being his latest.
Hari Suhariyadi, Eka Kurniawan
Erlandho Saputra, Satria Qolbun Salim, Eko Supriyanto