Three siblings help run their family’s boutique hotel on a beach in Maumere. Eldest sister Gendis (played by renowned singer Shanty Paredes) is the resident chef who is far too caught up with work to have a social life. Middle child Ella (model/actress Tara Basro), the hotel’s public relations manager, is a spotlight stealer. The youngest, Bebe (newcomer Tatyana Akman), is an English-language tutor who is always ready to lend a hand when not busy in the arms of her beau. With successful careers, the trio has no inclination to settle down, much to the dismay of their grandmother Oma. Things get complicated when Gendis has a chance encounter with a dashing gentleman who happens to be a hotel guest. Spurred by this turn of events, Oma tries to get Gendis hitched in an effort to launch the sisters down the aisle.
Nia Dinata’s latest opus is an homage to Tiga Dara, the musical classic by legendary Indonesian director Usmar Ismail. Written, produced and directed by Dinata, Three Sassy Sisters updates the timeless tale to the modern age whilst retaining its heart. In a fresh twist, Dinata focuses on female empowerment, reimagining the lead characters from housewives into career-oriented professionals. As Gendis, Ella and Bebe struggle to maintain their individuality as modern women within the confines of traditional family values, Dinata highlights their strengths with grace and candour through charming performances and catchy musical numbers.
What makes Three Sassy Sisters even more appealing is the pairing of some of Indonesia’s rising stars with cinema and television veterans. The ensemble cast includes actor/singer Rio Dewanto; actor and rockstar from the band Channel, Reuben Elishama; Indonesian acting heavyweight Ray Sahetapy; and most notably, singing and songwriting legend Titiek Puspa, returning on screen after a 30-year absence. With a star studded cast, an exotic seaside locale and rousing musical numbers, the film is a stylised contemporary romantic comedy that is set to delight audiences, young and old alike.
- Nia Dinata was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1970. She graduated with a mass communications degree from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, before taking a filmmaking course at New York University. Dinata garnered recognition with her second feature film, The Gathering (2003), which was the first Indonesian film featuring homosexual themes, and a success commercially and critically, where it won all six major awards at the Indonesian Film Festival, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress. She has since written, produced and directed 15 films, including The Courtesan (2002) and Love For Share (2006), both which have been submitted to the Academy Awards under the Best Foreign Language Film category.
- Nia Dinata
- Nia Dinata, Lucky Kuswandi
- Shanty Paredes, Tatyana Akman, Tara Basro, Rio Dewanto, Reuben Elishama, Titiek Puspa, Richard Kyle
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