Telegram (2000)

Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 22mins.
Genres Drama
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Sujiwo Tajo Actor n/a 1 1000001
Mirna Actor n/a 1 1000002
Ayu Azhari Actor n/a 1 1000003
Slamet Rahardjo Djarot Director n/a 2 2000001
Slamet Rahardjo Djarot Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Putu Wijaya Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Putu Wijaya Source Material (from novel) n/a 120793 4000003
Jacques Bouquin Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Catherine d'Hoir Editor n/a 172 7000001
Bernard Aubouy Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Daku is a young Balinese bachelor who works in Jakarta as a reporter. Daku has a relationship with Rosa, a young woman who has been forced into prostitution by poverty. In addition he takes care of Sinta, an adopted daughter aged eleven. Daku's mother is ill and, when she dies, he will have to return to Bali as the eldest son to arrange a traditional funeral with Hindu rituals: a very expensive event that can drag on for years. Such a forced return to Bali would mean the end of his life and career in Jakarta, for which he has fought so hard as a second-class citizen. He will have to leave Sinta behind and end his relationship with Rosa. When his daughter hands him a telegram from Bali one day, he doesn't want to open it. The closed envelope is left lying on the table. Daku resorts to deception. He lies to his daughter and he lies to himself, until he is no longer able to distinguish lies and truth.