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Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses


Sat Mar 23 2013, 3:00pm

Where: SAM @ 8Q , 8 Queen Street, Bras Basah, Singapore

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $9.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Bahasa Indonesia and Javanese with English Subtitles.

Housewife Ning is stuck in a rut with a dull husband. She takes on a new job and on her first day, is tasked to make a delivery to a remote village. Longing to get out for some fresh air, she willingly embarks on the journey, accompanied by a driver, Mur. At first Mur is introverted and quiet, but lightens up as time passes. Told in fragments and with a great sense for mood, this story of muted desire takes place in usually overlooked locations around Yogyakarta.

Born in 1983, Yosep Anggi Noen studied communications at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He directed many short films including It’s Not Raining Outside (2009), which was selected for the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Windless Rhapsody (2010) which was part of Working Girls, an anthology documentary. Peculiar Vacation is his feature film debut.

Director's Statement:
In this film, I question eastern values by looking at the issues of sensuality and the sexual that are almost taboo words in our culture. Sexuality has been an unwanted subject even though we can see inflamed passions and desires all around us.

As an institutionalised human relationship, marriage is a very sacred thing but it can sometimes be imprisoning. There’s a presumption that the family is an organised unit with an economical function. So, when there is instability in the way it is functioning as economic system, the family will fall into pieces. I feel that there will always be voluptuous desires that remain after a complication between sanctity and imbalance. A new definition of relationship, love, and faithfulness comes about.

This film tells about an accidental love affair, a flame of love that redefines something, a journey that makes two people who at first strangers to each other, fall deeply in love for each other. Or maybe it is not a love. It is just a lust.