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YUNI

International 1h 35m 2021

KAMILA ANDINI | SINGAPORE, FRANCE, INDONESIA, AUSTRALIA | SERANG-JAVANESE | 2021 | 95 MIN

In her last year of secondary school, a bright Indonesian student is determined to pursue her education and resist getting married, despite the expectations of her community.

With graduation on the horizon, 16-year-old Yuni (Arawinda Kirana) eagerly plans for her future. Social conventions dictate that she gets married, but she dreams of freedom and independence. When a teacher informs Yuni that she’s eligible to apply for a competitive college scholarship, she fervently pursues an opportunity that will postpone marriage and preserve her autonomy. However, an unexpected proposal threatens to thwart her plans. Though marriage offers financial security and a dowry that would help her struggling family, the nuptials would make her ineligible for the scholarship and strip her of independence. Yuni is forced to decide whether she should forfeit her dreams or defy social expectations. Her decision is further complicated by conflicting voices clouding her judgment: a school counselor encouraging continued education, friends pushing her toward marriage, a budding love interest, and a young rebel with an alluring, unconventional lifestyle offering surprising wisdom. This beautifully shot Indonesian coming-of-age tale was a major breakout of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it took home the prestigious Platform Prize.

Cast: Arawinda Kirana, Kevin Ardilova, Dimas Aditya, Neneng Risma

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