PIFF Day 5 (13 Jan 2009)

I could watch only one movie in World Showcase today.

Salawati

Director : Marc X Grigoriff

Country : Singapore

A 12 year old Singaporean-Malay girl has recently witnessed the untimely death of her older brother Shahim. Her mother tries to hold the family together, while her father struggles to control his misdirected anger thus revealing the manner in whichthe family deals with this tragedy. Salawati’s story is intertwined with 2 others: an Indian courier guy with a penchant for drinking and fighting; and a Chinese who is consumed by career goals. It becomes increasingly apparent that each of these men played some role in the death of her brother, and as Wati begins to follow them, darker mystery unravels.

Her father becomes too nostalgic in every scene and iterates a story of his dead son mostly to his wife.

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