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Throwback to Ada Apa dengan Cinta?

“Tapi aku pasti akan kembali dalam satu purnama
Untuk mempertanyakan kembali cintanya
Bukan untuknya, bukan untuk siapa
Tapi untukku
Karena aku ingin kamu
Itu saja.”
~ Rangga; AADC

(loose translation: “But i will definitely return on a full moon, to reconfirm her feelings. Not for her, not for anyone else, but for me. Because i want you. That’s all.”)


It’s been 12 years since i first watched it in theater with my school friends, hung up on Nicholas Saputra, agape at the lip lock.

Back in the day, onscreen kiss was almost unseen of. So was the number of local titles playing in cinemas. Now, it is a staple in big screen production, especially if the genre is romance. Local production has since grown so much, quantity- and quality-wise, yet even by today’s standards, Ada Apa dengan Cinta? is still one of the best.

I lost count on how many times i’ve watched it. Whenever i came across it being played on TV (the most recent was this morning), regardless how far into the story it is, i always stay tuned till the end. And that closing poem gets me every time. That’s just…

Aforementioned, it’s been 12 years, but even after more than a decade has passed, isn’t Rangga still ze kind of guy to die for?  He doesn’t say all the right things, in fact he is quite brusque, snarky, and clueless about girls (that the secondhand-bookstore owner in the image below had to give him an advice or two), but what he lacks in verbal he makes up for it in action, or through his writing. Not to mention the stares of his…

That said, out of AADC’s notable elements, acting was not one of them. I was drawn to it by the story (and the OST!) rather than the acting. That’s not to mean they were terrible actors. The main acts’ performances were decent, if stiff and awkward, given that AADC was their first film. Except for Dian Sastro and Titi Kamal — it was Dian’s third and Titi’s second? However, i can’t tell if their acting chops have improved over the years since i haven’t checked out the cast’s more recent works.

I last saw Nicholas Saputra in Janji Joni (2005), Dian Sastro in Belahan Jiwa (2005), Titi Kamal in Mendadak Dangdut (2006) or rather in Tri Mas Getir (2008) wherein she wasn’t the lead, Ladya Cheryl in Fiksi (2008), Adinia Wirasti in Tentang Dia (2005), and Sissy Prescillia in Cintapuccino (2007). Nothing in the last five years. I have a lot of titles to catch up to, i know. Question is, which one is worth it… any recommendation?

Anyway, AADC is a classic film which also marked the rebirth of Indonesian cinema. Go check it out if you haven’t already!


Rating: 4/5
Director: Rudi Soedjarwo
Production: Miles Films, 2002
Cast: Dian Sastrowardoyo, Nicholas Saputra, Titi Kamal, Ladya Cheryl, Adinia Wirasti, Sissy Prescillia
Genre: Friendship, Romance, Young Adult

~ images are from indonesianfilmcenter, poster is from la-lights ~



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