Sinner in Mecca Nice People Atomic Heart
Rainbow Still Experimenter Krigen
Frame by Frame This is Exile The Land of the Enlightened

De Stand van de Maan

Leonard Retel Helmrich

Tweet plaatsen Update plaatsen Update plaatsen

A gorgeous, dynamically shot portrait of a family in Jakarta struggling with religious issues and the choice between city and country life. For Stand van de Maan, Leonard Retel Helmrich returned to Indonesia to make a sequel to Stand van de Zon. Again, he portrays this enormous country, with 240 million inhabitants and the largest Muslim population in the world, on the basis of just a few individuals.


Like in Stand van de Zon, the subject of this film is the Sjamsuddin family, living in a suburb of Jakarta. Rumidjah is a 62-year-old widow who considers returning to her native village; in that case, her son Bakti and her 13-year-old granddaughter Tari would be left behind. Rumidjah clashes with her headstrong son on religious issues: he converted to Islam before getting married, whereas she refuses to part with her crucifix. These good-natured quarrels take place against the backdrop of anti-American demonstrations and an Islamic neighborhood watch.

In this way, the film continually connects small issues with larger ones. There are no interviews, there is no voice-over: the camera silently follows the people in what the director calls Single Shot Cinema: a kind of cinema verité in which the camera does not observe from a distance, but intuitively moves along with the action. It glides among people, dives to the ground, scans faces and bodies, plunges into the chaos when a fire breaks out, and flies high into the air when following a pedestrian crossing a staggeringly high railway bridge.


Netherlands, The 2004, 92 min.


Spoken language: Indonesian

Official website:


Scarabee Films

+31 104771948

Dutch distribution:

Cinema Delicatessen

+31 204207123

World sales:

Films Transit International

+1 5148443358

Tweet plaatsen Update plaatsen Update plaatsen

Buy your combi-ticket for the retrospective of Leonard Retel Helmrich (three films + masterclass) for only 25 euros!

Human rights
aged people
Search Movies

Site search

Newsletter Festivalpaper
Twitter Facebook Youtube