Views #1227 | Intermediate (B1)

Indonesian Movie

Vella talks with Daniel about a movie she really enjoyed from her home country of Indonesia.

Daniel: Hey, Vella, how are you?

Vella: I'm good. How are you?

Daniel: I'm well thanks. Just wanted to ask you what's your favorite movie?

Vella: OK, I have one all-time Indonesian favorite movie.

Daniel: Uh, uh.

Vella: And it's called Lima Juanita, Lima Kintai, Lima Macharita.

Daniel: What's, what's the name of it in English?

Vella: In English the translation would be Five Women, Five Love and Five Stories.

Daniel: Uh, uh. What is it about?

Vella: OK, it's basically about five women with different love stories and one of them, her parents died when she was really young.

Daniel: OK.

Vella: She couldn't get a better job so she ended up being a prostitute.

Daniel: That's really sad.

Vella: Yeah, it is and the second one, she, her husband had an affair with her best friend and the third one, she couldn't get a boyfriend all her life. You know, she was really struggling to find the right guy.

Daniel: Uh, uh.

Vella: And I think she was really busy trying, you know, to find the guy that fulfills all her steroes, that she ends up, you know, not finding anyone.

Daniel: Hm, hm.

Vella: And the fourth one, she got married only for eleven months and one day before the anniversary her husband died in a car accident.

Daniel: Oh.

Vella: Yeah, it was a really sad movie but, you know, you learned a lot from it.

Daniel: Yeah, it sounds really, really sad and really depressing.

Vella: It is. I cried actually watching it. You know, as a girl I learned a lot from it and, you know, it opened my eyes to, you know, society and how women are, you know, treated and how they experience, you know, love stories.

Daniel: OK. So how did the movie help Indonesian people to the movie? How is, did they like it, did they thought it was like only sad or did everyone thought like, I don't know, we can learn from this?

Vella: Well, I've read this website. They have, you know, many comments on the movie and I think most of the watchers were, you know, female audiences and a lot of them really related well to the movie and they really took it as, you know, a positive.

Daniel: OK. And so it's, all the stories are quite related to Indonesian kind of reality?

Vella: Yeah, pretty much.

Daniel: But, so how's the relation between like Indonesian movie industry and Hollywood movie industry? Which one is bigger?

Vella: Well, I think people in Indonesia are more attracted to Hollywood movie just because they have, you know, better story lines and I think a lot of us are really into, you know, Hollywood actresses and actors.

Daniel: Hm, hm.

Vella: So, you know, they are more interested in watching Hollywood movies.

Daniel: OK.

Vella: Than Indonesian.

Daniel: OK. But the Indonesian industry is still...

Vella: Is still really big, yeah.

Daniel: Really big, OK. OK, thanks.


Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

all-time favorite


I have one all-time favorite Indonesian movie.

Your 'all-time favorite' of something has been your favorite for as long as you can remember. Notice the following:

  1. What is your all-time favorite place you have visited?
  2. This is my all-time favorite restaurant.

open my eyes


It opened my eyes to how women are treated.

When something "opens your eyes", it helps you see or learn something you did not know existed. Notice the following:

  1. Travelling overseas opened my eyes to how people live around the world.
  2. The TV show opened my eyes to the drug problem in the city.



The movie sounds really sad and depressing.

Something 'depressing' is really, really sad. Notice the following:

  1. Can we change the subject? Talking about all of this sad stuff is really depressing.
  2. That is one of the most depressing movies I have ever scene.

related to


Female audiences related really well to the movie.

Here, 'relate to' means that the female audience can understand how the characters in the movie are feeling, because they have had similar situations in their lives. Notice the following:

  1. Mostly women work at that company, because they relate better to the clients.
  2. It is hard for me to relate to you right now, because I have never been in a similar situation.

really into


I think a lot of us are really into Hollywood actors and actresses.

If you are 'really into' something, you like it a lot and are interested in it. Notice the following:

  1. She has always been really into cooking.
  2. He has gotten really into exercise during the past year.

Vocabulary Quiz

all-time • open my eyes • depressing
relate • into
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  2. How old were you when you really got volleyball?
  3. Which character do you to most?
  4. That movie was really . I think I cried about 4 times when I watched it.
  5. What is your favorite book?
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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