Tiga Dara is an Indonesian musical/romantic comedy movie made in the 50s starring Chitra Dewi, Mieke Wijaya, and Indriati Iskak – all have become Indonesian movie legends ever since. I don’t know much about Indonesian movies but it’s safe to say that this movie is rather legendary based on the facts that it was remade several times (first in 1980s and another one is due to be released this September). Recently the movie was restored and played in mainstream cinemas across the country, and I had the chance to see it with my family.
What is it about
The movie is about three sisters living with their father and grandmother. They are called Nunung, Nana, and Nenny. Nunung, being the oldest, faces pressure from her father and grandmother because she is not married yet (very relatable isn’t it?). She was forced to meet different men and come to different social events in an attempt to find the one. One day, Nunung met a man called Toto by accident and since then Toto plays an important role in their family.
What I think about it
I have to admit that I was skeptical about watching an old movie especially since it’s still in black and white. Though I love rom-com movies, I am not that keen on today’s Indonesian movies (Except AADC hehehe). But still my mum wanted to go and I thought it would be good to support Indonesian movies.
Surprisingly the movie was successful to keep me hooked, even since the first few minutes. I love the fashion – I’m no fashion expert but who can resist 50s style dresses?, the songs and dialogue are cute, and the storyline surprisingly is still relatable until today!
In the end, I came out of the cinema feeling happy and entertained 🙂
However, I could not help but thinking, back then the society seemed to be more open and permissive than what is portrayed in today’s Indonesian media. In one of the scenes, Nana was shown dancing in a party with some guy, which pretty much very normal today, but not portrayed in mainstream media anymore. Mind you the movie was a big hit back then and as far as my research goes, I don’t find anything that condemns the movie for being “too westernized” and “too vulgar”.
For a movie that was made in the late 50s, I found it very surprising that a lot of things are still very relatable today. Now one question remains in my head; Are we going backwards or is it true that some things never change?
Ah well, no need to take my question seriously. It’s more important not to miss seeing the movie in the cinemas. I did a quick check and they are still playing in several big cinemas in Jakarta this week. Go go go!
P.S my brother made this fan art after we watched the movie.Check out his Facebook Page if you’re interested… Have a good week 🙂