Parts of the Heart
Indonesia, 2012, 90 minutes, HD
Love shapes who we are
Parts of the Heart Synopsis

From adolescent crushes to full-grown heartbreak, Parts of the Heart showcases both the beauty and tragedy of love and all its ups and downs, as we follow Peter, a young boy from Jakarta from boyhood through to adulthood.


A big success in its native Indonesia, where director Paul Agusta was nominated for the prestigious Golden Hanoman Award, Parts of the Heart offers a rare glimpse into gay life in a country that has a troublesome history on LGBT rights.

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Reviewed by jeteli
This movie is based on director Paul Agusta's very own biography and shows snippets of how it is being a homosexual,  from boyhood up to the present time. There are... more
This movie is based on director Paul Agusta's very own biography and shows snippets of how it is being a homosexual,  from boyhood up to the present time. There are basically eight short films that are somehow combined to form a larger story, based on the director's eight most important moments in his life. Musical scoring was impressive and there are still shots that take on an artistic if not symbolical note and while the acting portrayals were not highly stellar it were generally commendable. An eye-opening movie that gives viewers a glimpse on the issue of homosexuality especially in Indonesia. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Personally I'd say a very integral part of this movie would be the music in almost every significant scene. Ranging from acoustic to jazzy rhythms and with intense vocal renditions,... more
Personally I'd say a very integral part of this movie would be the music in almost every significant scene. Ranging from acoustic to jazzy rhythms and with intense vocal renditions, I'd have to say that the musical score helped set the mood and vibe of the movie. As viewers witness the metamorphosis of Peter who is gay, from boyhood up to his adult years,  we come to grips with homosexuality in the Indonesian context, where the issue seems to be discussed in hushed tones.  This is a movie worth checking out for the social relevance it presents to the viewing public.
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Reviewed by dominicbrant
Some films are more than the sum of their parts. There's much to fault about this film, but those aren't the things to dwell on. Instead, what's... more
Some films are more than the sum of their parts. There's much to fault about this film, but those aren't the things to dwell on. Instead, what's important is it's scope. Not only is it a powerful insight into 'gay life' in Jakarta, it's a peculiarly honest, almost naked, study in human nature and the effects of the passing of time on it's principal character. This is where the power lies. Innocence and nativity can be difficult travel companions, but, like the imperfections in the film, act as a mirror that reflects our own cynicism or, per chance, optimism. Expect to be surprised.
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