Happy Salma (left) and Ibnu Jamil in a still from Before, Now & Then.
Happy Salma (left) and Ibnu Jamil in a still from Before, Now & Then.

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Before, Now & Then movie review: an Indonesian woman struggles against the backdrop of her country’s turbulent past in immaculately staged art-house drama

  • On its surface Kamila Andini’s story is of a woman who loses her husband, marries another but still pines for her first love, who she suspects of an affair
  • Dig deeper and, as with her previous films, the director focuses on women whose fates are inevitably tied to men as a metaphor for the state of the country

Happy Salma (left) and Ibnu Jamil in a still from Before, Now & Then.
Happy Salma (left) and Ibnu Jamil in a still from Before, Now & Then.
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