It was quite an excitement for me to watch a movie in class (despite having to review on the movie later) but, it is always nice to just sit in the class (especially when the lights are out) and watch as the white wall being filled up with colours and words.
Anyway, the first of the four films we are going to watch in class is a 23 years old, U-Wei Hj Saari’s movie named, Perempuan, Isteri dan … (dot dot dot). It caught my attention when Ms. Raja (our lecturer) mentioned the name in class because I did not expect that the actual title of the movie has the ‘…’ in it. Only after I have watched the movie, I could guess what the dot dot dot represents but did not want to make any assumptions, so, I did what all youths these days would do, Google it. I was right in some ways. The ‘…’ represents the word ‘Jalang’. Jalang in English, a whore. If the title of the movie is in English, it makes up quite a nice title (to me); Woman, Wife and Whore. 3Ws. Ain’t it nice? The movie, well, it must be quite a controversial movie when it first released due to quite a lot of explicit scenes (mainly to Malaysian viewers). If you are interested to know about the synopsis of the movie, read down below. (SPOILERS ALERT!)
Here’s a brief synopsis of the movie: The movie is about this lady named, Zaleha. She ran away on her wedding day just when her future husband, Amir, is somewhere outside the house waiting to be wed to her. Amir was obviously furious by this and managed to track Zaleha down. Zaleha was found in a motel with her newly wed husband (not Amir). She eloped with the current husband to Thailand and got married there. Amir knows the husband and felt betrayed by both of them, killed the husband and sold Zaleha to a Thai-Chinese man, named Som Chai. (I could not NOT laugh when I found out Som Chai was played by M. Rajoli, who in his later years of acting, plays a lot of Ustaz character.) However, Amir told Som Chai that he wants Zaleha back in 6 months time (God knows what reason for). After the 6th month, Zaleha and Amir reunited but Amir’s hatred towards her did not subside. They were caught by the JAIS for spending a night together at another motel. Amir decided to take her as a wife rather than had to pay a fine. He then brought Zaleha back to his village. Zaleha, has turned to be a very flirtatious woman (probably due to her previous career). She went out with a guy she met in a restaurant and were very closed to him when they were ‘watching’ a movie in the cinema, paid the guy (Majid, a foreigner who sells textiles and shoes) she owes money to without actually giving him money (if you’re that naive, she promised him herself) and had numerous sexual encounters with one of the man (Tapa, Zaleha’s scandal) in the village. Amir only found out about Tapa and did what he did best, kill. Not only he killed Tapa, he killed his wife too. So, that’s the ‘brief synopsis’ of the whole movie.
If you are interested in knowing what my friend and I think of the movie, do click on the link below but do bear in mind, it was our first time reviewing a movie. We’d like to apologize if it’s not as good as you thought it’d be. Thank you and enjoy!