Anyone who loves to travel or who loves to see films set in foreign countries should join this MeetUp. We'll be watching classic foreign-based films in a relaxed setting. After watching the film, we'll hold an informal discussion about what makes the film great, or not so great.
For our October film, we will watch “The Year of Living Dangerously.” I’ll supply popcorn. Please bring your favored beverage with you. After the film, we’ll discuss it for a while. What worked? What didn’t?
■ Film Summary
“The Year of Living Dangerously” (dir. Peter Weir, 1982, 1 hr. 54 min.) is adapted from Christopher Koch's 1978 novel of the same name and set in and around Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1965. The movie follows an Australian journalist tasked with reporting events preceding the 30 September Movement’s abortive coup d'état of October 1, 1965. The film is notable for its depiction of the cultural and political tensions destabilizing Indonesia at the time and for the moral dilemmas faced by its neophyte protagonist as he adapts to an alien milieu.
“‘The Year of Living Dangerously’ achieves one of the best re-creations of an exotic locale I've ever seen in a movie. It takes us to Indonesia in the middle 1960s, a time when the Sukarno regime was shaky and the war in Vietnam was just heating up. It moves us into the life of a foreign correspondent, a radio reporter from Australia who has just arrived in Jakarta, and who thrives in an atmosphere heady with danger…. This sounds, no doubt, like a foreign correspondent plot from the 1940s. It is not. The Year of Living Dangerously is a wonderfully complex film about personalities more than events, and we really share the feeling of living in that place, at that time.”
—Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com (https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-year-of-living-dangerously-1983)
“This gifted Australian director seems drawn to the sparks that ignite when divergent cultures rub against each other. As writer Octavio Paz has observed, ‘What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality.’ Weir's movies are open-ended, stylish dramas that engage our senses, psyche, and wonder.”
—Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, SpiritualityandPractice.com (https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/reviews/view/2740)
Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/year_of_living_dangerously