Arisan!

Arisan!

Arisan! is a 2003 Indonesian film that has drawn more than 100 000 viewers. It is the first Indonesian film with a gay theme, and the first Indonesian film to use high-definition color enhancement. It uses a mixture of English, standard Indonesian and Jakartan slang.

A television series as a continuation of the movie with the same title has been airing on antv.

Plot

The story is based in Jakarta in Indonesia. It revolves around three main characters, Memey, Andien and Sakti, who struggle to maintain their facade of perfection in front of their arisan friends. An arisana meeting fraternity of upscale female socialites in Jakarta who meet regularly to share gossip and draw lots to see who takes home the money they all contribute.

The main character is Meimei (Cut Mini Theo), an interior designer with a business of her own. Her husband has left her for an actress, and also finds out that she cannot get pregnant. When she finally finds a new love interest, Nino (Surya Saputra), it turns out that Nino is more interested in her best friend, Sakti (Tora Sudiro). While another friend Andien (Aida Nurmala), is a betrayed wife.

Sakti is the gay character who, at the start, is in denial of his homosexual identity, and afraid of what his family and friends will think of him. Then he enters a relationship with another man (Nino), and must learn to face new challenges.

Cast

Meimei - Cut Mini Theo
Nino - Surya Saputra
Sakti - Tora Sudiro
Andien - Aida Nurmala
Lita - Rachel Maryam Sayidina
Grace - Lili Harahap
Fanny - Aurora Yahya
Nuri - Wilza Lubis
Ical - Nico Siahaan
Masseur - Tika Panggabean
Psychiatrist - Jajang C. Noer
Yayuk Asmara - Ria Irawan
Rama - Indra Birowo

Trivia

Arisan is a common term for a monthly social gathering between friends and relatives who chip in money to be won in turns through a lucky draw. From villagers in far-flung areas to urban professionals in big cities, arisan - initially born as a type of support network for ethnic Chinese merchants - is hugely popular among Indonesia's 210 million people, especially housewives. But some arisan in Jakarta have grown into an exhibit of wealth featuring a who's who of high society.

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