Think of this premise: A fast-paced, full of gags romantic comedy about a film reel delivery boy to get the film rolls on time. What's the image that comes to mind? A lavishly made Hollywood movie starring maybe Orlando Bloom? Set in the streets of L.A where everyone is making movies and the buildings are manicured and beautiful? Nope
Joni's Promise is an Indonesian film. It is part of the nouveau cinema movement in Indonesia. The story is about the film delivery boy trying to make a move on a girl. She said she'll only want to reveal her name if the guy finishes delivering the film reels she saw that day. However, Joni encountered impossible obstacles along the way that day.
The style of the film reminds me of a slightly more upbeat take in DeSica's Bicycle Thief. It also employs a bit of the Lizzie Mcguire style flashbacks (I can assure you they made it look really good instead of the cheesy photosnaps in LM). It is also peppered with filmmaker humor. (one part of a scene depicts a scriptwriter ass-kissing for movie funding. :P Something we all, filmmaker have to do sooner or later). And also, the film is full of colourful cast. (starting with Pak Ucok, the projectionist to the guy who had heart attack later on in the movie.)
It's a must see. It's fresh and hilarious! The only time I have really enjoyed laughing on a comedy film like this was watching Nez Rouge and The Producers. It's not pretentious or tries to be and it even made fun of the film industry in Indonesia. (which just started again ) I heartily reccomend this movie to anyone wanting a good laugh, or a good movie.